Boba Fett in “Star Wars : episode VI : Return of The Jedi” (screenshot)
Since its purchase unexpected by the Walt Disney Company in 2012 for the modest sum of 4 billion dollars, the franchise’s cult of George Lucas was submitted to a business plan and ambitious expansion. In addition to the third trilogy, which was initiated by J. J. Abrams with The Awakening of the Force in 2015, which continues the story of the Skywalkers and their families 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi, a slew of spin-off (independent films, developing characters, or events secondary to the main plot) has been announced.
A rumor persistently wanted a time that one of them, directed by Josh Trank before he throws in the towel, is devoted to the character of the bounty hunter Boba Fett. According to Entertainment Weekly, the project had reached a stage of advancement that is much more important than previously thought.
A collaboration difficult
We thus learn that the film was to be the subject of a formal presentation, accompanied by a first teaser, Star Wars Celebration 2015. Following disputes with the production (we’re talking about behavior capricious and indecisive on the part of Trank), and in the face of a pressure that is unbearable, the young film director, noted for his film of the superhero found footage Chronicle, and proven by his collaboration disastrous with the Fox on the reboot of the Fantastic 4, had preferred to throw in the towel.
He had said at the time, the Los Angeles Times that it was “the most difficult decision of his entire life”but that he “preferred to devote himself to personal projects more creative.” To silence the rumors of a disagreement,Lucas Films was later clarified to be “grateful for the energy and love that Josh Trank had given to the project and to the Star Wars universe”.
Appeared originally in the episode V : The Empire strikes back, Boba Fett, bounty hunter to face the unknown and the armor clone trooper custom played by Jeremy Bulloch, was hired by Darth Vader to track down Han Solo and his friends. After having delivered the smuggler version frozen to Jabba the Huth, he would be devoured by the Sarlacc when Luke Skywalker, Leia, and their band arrived at the palace of the slug giant to release their friend. We had a preview in the following, a scene of the special edition of episode IV : A new hope exit in 1997, and discovered his origins in episode II : Attack of The clones in 2002. Finally, fans were able to follow his training in the animated series The Clone Wars, and discover the extent of his talents in his suite Rebels.
A spin-off of lost, ten found
This is another independent film that has finally taken the place of this project aborted in the agenda of the studio. Planned for December 2018 and directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (dads of 21 Jump Street and The Great Adventure Lego),will focus on the youth of Han Solo, the most famous and lovable smuggler in the galaxy present in the episodes IV to VII, prior to his meeting with Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa and Obi-Wan Kenobi. The role, played by Harrison Ford, has been entrusted to Alden Erhenreich, noticed in Tetro and Twixt Coppola and Hail, Caesar ! of the Coen brothers. He will be joined by Donald Glover (Alone on Mars) Lando Calrissian, and would have to meet a certain Chewbacca… The film promises to be, according to the producer Kathleen Kennedy (interviewed by Variety), as a cross between space opera, the film turning and the western visually influenced by the works of american painter Frederic Remington.
Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and his buddy Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) in Star Wars : episode 4 : A new hope” (screen capture)
As regards the first spin off, Rogue One, directed by Gareth Edwards and scheduled for December 14, 2016, it will chronologically between episodes III and IV of the saga. He narrated the commando mission highly risky of a group of rebels led by the fierce Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) to steal the plans of the black Star, weapon imperial of mass destruction designed by the father of the young woman (Mads Mikkelsen). The visual style of this album presents itself as a darker, nervous and realistic, and closer to the war film.