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Do Audiences Really Want a Boba Fett Movie?

May 26, 2018 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
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How much Star Wars is too much Star Wars? Money talks and things look good. For now.

Solo: A Star Wars Story took in $14.1 million in Thursday evening previews, a record for a Memorial Day weekend release, but behind Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which took in $29 million.

Based on that number and early Friday returns, Solo doesn’t look like it will beat Rogue’s opening box office numbers, as tracking is predicting Solo will debut to $130 million-$150 million over Memorial Day weekend.

Coming just five months after Star Wars: Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, talk of Star Wars fatigue is cropping up. On top of that, we get the announcement about Boba Fett getting his own solo movie.

It’s no secret that Disney and Lucasfilm are developing a number of movies based in the Star Wars universe. Characters like Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda, and Boba Fett have been named along with announcements that Rian Johnson is launching a new trilogy after the current one wraps up.

The Obi-Wan Kenobi spin-off has Stephen Daldry in negotiations to direct but little else firm is known.

Now we hear that James Mangold is writing and directing the Boba Fett project, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter.

Up until now the rumor was Simon Kinberg, the writer-producer for the X-Men franchise, was involved on the Boba Fett movie. Now sources say that Mangold will co-write the script with Kinberg, who will also produce. It should be noted that Kinberg and Mangold worked together Logan.

What to say about Boba Fett? The key to his charisma was the cool costume, badass attitude, and mystery over who he was. He was the bounty hunter who actually talked back to Darth Vader!

Since Empire Strikes Back, kids were drawn to the character, even with one of the worst movie “deaths” ever.

Then the Star Wars prequels came along and gave him an origin. His coolness factor took a hit and reminded us that sometimes a little bit is just enough.

Which brings us to the bigger question from the beginning: how much Star Wars is too much Star Wars? One movie a year? Two? Will audiences grow tired of the franchise?

It already seems the special feeling you got when Star Wars projects were announced has faded away.

Look at the news that dropped a few weeks ago that came and went with little fanfare. Jon Favreau’s upcoming, live-action Star Wars TV series is introducing an entirely new cast of characters. Favreau shared that the unnamed series takes place seven years after Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi’s Battle of Endor.

Remember a time when that news would have been celebrated and discussed for weeks?

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