As legendary news anchorman Ron Burgundy once said, “Well, that escalated quickly.” In the wake of Bob Iger’s official announcement about standalone Star Wars films coming soon to a box office near you, Entertainment Weekly‘s sources have provided them with the subjects of the first two Star Wars off-shoots: Charming intergalactic scoundrel Han Solo, and Ruthless armored bounty hunter Boba Fett.
No directors have been chosen for the projects yet, but recently Robert Rodriguez expressed interest in getting behind the camera to tell a solo Solo tale, and director Joe Johnston has lobbied hard for years to direct a movie based on the Boba Fett character he designed back in 1979 for ILM. Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi writer Lawrence Kasdan is expected to write one of these films, while Simon Kinberg (Sherlock Holmes, X-Men: Days of Future Past) will tackle the other. If JJ Abrams makes the summer 2015 release date for the first episode in the new planned Star Wars trilogy, look for either the Han Solo or Boba Fett movie in theaters in 2016.
The EW report claims that the Han Solo film will be an origin story, finally explaining the dashing smuggler’s mysterious past, answering questions along the way that have bugged Star Wars fans for years — Was he an orphan? Was he raised by wookies? Did he free Chewbacca from slavers or Imperials? How did he win the Millennium Falcon from Lando? What’s up with that stripe on his pants? (Before any of you comment, I am fully aware a lot of these questions were addressed in various books, but since most of them are horrible and will be wisely ignored in future films, I think they are still fair to address.)
The Boba Fett film, meanwhile, will probably take place in between A New Hope and Empire, or Empire and Jedi, and find the badass bounty hunter ” at the center of a rogue’s gallery of galactic scum.” Could Fett perhaps be one of the seven characters called on to protect an impoverished, defenseless village on a remote planet from a band of brutal raiders in that rumored Seven Samurai homage? You have to admit the prospect sounds really damn cool.
Deadline says hold your horses, nothing has been decided yet:
A source tells me: “Nobody knows when these movies are even coming out. Right now, people are just kicking around ideas. Which is why you hear it’s Yoda one day and a young Han Solo another. It’s all in early development right now.”