The Boba Fett Movie Terrifies Me

With Rogue One being a huge hit and the production of a Han Solo film fully under way, more and more rumors are hinting that the next spinoff film to be confirmed in the Star Wars franchise will focus on Boba Fett. However, while I love this character, the thought of an entire, canon film about him is horrifying for several reasons:

 

  1. Eradicated Mystery.

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A huge reason that Boba’s character is so intriguing is that we know so little about him. He only has a handful of lines in the Star Wars films, and the few he speaks reveal nothing but a propensity for violence and success. Apart from these minor glimpses into his character, for nearly twenty years after the Original Trilogy he remained a fan-favorite even though the fans knew nothing of him—not his parents, his home planet, his upbringing, his motivations, or any of his struggles.

Even with the Prequels, we got very little insight into Boba Fett. All we learned was that his father was also a bounty hunter and that this father died—apart from these two things, we still had next to nothing. What did he really do after the Clone Wars, or the height of the Empire, or the rise of the Rebellion? What are his hopes and struggles?

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This mystery, this retained disconnection between a young boy and a stolid, silent, menacing bounty hunter, helps creates so much interest in this character. JJ Abrams goes more in-depth as to why the unknown is so enticing, but the fact of the matter is that Boba’s poorly documented transformation and motivation keeps him intriguing.

Much like with Vader, we’re intensely curious about what formed this menacing character—but prequels and origin stories destroy this curiosity. They may clarify the transformation, but they also reveal the magician’s trick, and, more often than not, they leave an audience barely satiated or completely dissatisfied. I’d rather Boba remains an unsolvable mystery than a discovered disaster.

 

  1. Exposed Weakness.

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In revealing Boba’s backstory, we not only lose the enigma of Boba Fett, but we also have to see him in a relatable way. And a character is usually made relatable through weakness.

Often times, a weakness can enhance a character: Rey’s fear of a dark past, Luke’s skirmish with evil, and even C-3Po’s constant anxiety all make us better understand them. But the audience doesn’t need to be emotionally connected with every character. For some, Anakin’s emotional struggle in the Prequels became overbearing and desecrated the image of the merciless villain we knew as Darth Vader.

The same reason some disliked this exposure to Vader’s soft side is the same reason we don’t see characters like Bane from the Dark Knight Rises have complete emotional breakdowns (at least, nothing like Anakin’s after losing his mother), nor participate in relatable, normal activities, whether it be needing some kind of encouraging talk or even just eating or dressing: to see their deepest weaknesses and boring normalcy may increase their relatability, but it also often presents them as weak and, for some characters, too inferior. For a no-nonsense, quiet villain like Boba Fett, seeing his weaknesses would take away the grandiose, impenetrable version of him that many fans cling to.

 

  1. Destroyed Legends.

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Even for those who have heavily researched Boba Fett, the man is still a mystery. In the many novels that focused on his character (now appropriately dubbed “Legends”) there was a wide range of interpretations for his motives and a broad spectrum of personalities which he was written with.

In Tales of the Bounty Hunters, he’s a calm, quiet hunter who’s inveterately satisfied with continually hunting down others. He counsels Leia on immorality, and it’s written that he’s “never so much as held a woman in his arms.”

In Bloodlines, however, he’s a more sullen warrior, with a chip on his shoulder and a torn family that he created and wants to take care of. In other previously canon novels, his characterization seems to continue traveling all over the map—he was a loner and a wannabe family-man, a ruthless murderer and a beacon of morality, and a detached hunter and the leader of an entire civilization, all in the span of a single lifetime.

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Published twenty years ago, this book just doesn’t have the same Boba Fett as the one shown in the latest Clone Wars episodes.

Because of these wildly varied depictions of Boba, those dedicated enough to research him have always been able to choose who they want him to be. Some completely disregard him in the Christmas Special, others ignore events affecting him in the Yuuzhan Vong invasion, and others still avoid the newest Clone Wars episodes showing his younger days. Explanations for this cherry-picking of events and characterizations vary just as wildly as their stories—some fans can say Boba grows into each role, others may criticize the discrepancies, and others might simply ignore the sources as some choose to ignore the Prequels.

However, this ability to flexibly interpret would be disintegrated with a film focused on Boba Fett. With this new movie, any conflicting traits or characteristics will be undeniably de-canonized, and, for the first time, we’ll have a narrow understanding of who this man really is. Maybe he’ll be portrayed as a moody teenager or a sarcastic, aging warrior—but whatever it is, it will tear apart the previous image so many fans had structured in their minds. With the release of a new film, millions of fans will experience a very particular interpretation of his character in the most definitively canon medium of the Star Wars franchise—taking away any previous awe developed for the enigmatic legend of Boba Fett.

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I’d still be intrigued by a Boba Fett movie, of course, but my concerns grow the more I think about it. What do you think? Leave a comment if there’s a better way of considering the next possible film for Star Wars.

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28 thoughts on “The Boba Fett Movie Terrifies Me

  1. I agree. It would be fun to have an adventure movie with Boba Fett as the lead but it would also do the character an injustice. I think he would be better suited to be the hunter after a group of people or a supporting character called to help in a flick. But than again Clint Eastwood’s spaghetti westerns gave very little insight into the “man with no name” and it worked very well

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  2. “He’s no good to me dead”
    I agree w u on th Eradicated Mystery point.
    Personally, I would prefer that standalone movie to concentrate on th rogues assembled in Empire Strikes Back – Bossk, IG-88, Zuckuss, 4-Lom, Dengar – such an impressive bunch, but apart from Bossk’s snarling, w get no lines, no action – no point for their appearance other than just to advertise th toy figures!
    Good Post!
    Cheers!

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  3. The idea of making a Fett movie is not going to be easy for Disney as they like to have that black and white contrast of good vs evil where Fett is neither good nor evil but a bounty hunter who is in it for the money and shows next to none in the way of emotions outside of financial gain in the original films. The addition of a young Boba Fett in the prequels sucked as he doesn’t exactly have a family as he is a clone of Jango Fett and when they re-released the originals with the added footage they changed his voice to that Australian actor much to my personal dismay. I think that a film that circles around all the bounty hunters seen in The Empire Strikes Back would be ideal and entertaining as well as be able to show off more than them just standing there on the Start Destroyer. It would be tricky to do and to incorporate them all with Fett at the helm as one of the lead characters and perhaps hunting down not just Han Solo but other deviants as well. Or even do a series of short films all including Fett like how the movie “Heavy Metal” was done in 1981 with the Locnar green orb in every short. Just substitute Fett for the Locnar but segue each short in to one another to make the feeling of a full length film evident. There are so many possibilities for a full length Fett film but whoever does it MUST MUST MUST keep the enigmatic concept of the character present, no helmet coming off, NO love interest, and no disintegrations(insert DV voice here lol)…. ok maybe a few ; ) Tough call but the film HAS to be dark, dirty, foreboding and spread across the galaxy to more than one or two planets, towns, outposts etc. There will have to be plenty of things going on to make up for the minimal dialogue that should be a necessity in the character design. Possibly the addition of utilizing some of the more sinister designers who work for Marvel since Disney has their hands in a good portion of their pockets and owns a big or decent size chunk of them now could also aid the film’s ambience to come forth with a palatable outcome for audiences who love the Boba Fett character like I do.

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    • Please report to the nearest Disney Office for reconditioning. You are in violation that Star Wars/Boba Fett are a cash cow and that fanboys will pay could money for a pile of garbage in a bag with the words STAR WARS on it. You have 24 hours to report, or Boba Fett (ironically) will be sent out to collect you.

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      • Well if Boba Fett came to my door I’d be the happiest inner child ever! Yes Disney will send out the boys with the butterfly nets to collect me but reconditioning a 20yr+ admiration for a character who had a total of about 18min in the original films will NOT be Broken and I will resist despite how much Trekkies will tell me that resistance is futile. BALGH! Should a Fett movie be made whoever does it will arise as one of two people in the outcome… Hailed as a genius who brought forth an incredible film that Fett reigned supreme in OR the director will perish in the flames of agony as being the Derp that made a poor film about an iconic and awesome character who would have gladly thrown himself back in to the Sarlacc pit after seeing such a disastrous film.

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  4. Yeah, I’m not particularly eager for a Boba Fett “origin story,” just for the reasons you state. A little one – off about one of his bounty hunting adventures could be fun, or him as a side character or part of an ensemble cast would be ok, too.

    And yeah, I’ll probably go see the movie anyways, if it happens. Haha

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  5. For whatever reason, I like the idea of a Boba Fett movie more than others seem to. Mandalorians are my second favorite thing in star wars and even though Boba Fett isn`t technically a Mandalorian, I would still love to see him go on some bounty hunter missions and use that tricked armor. Would also be cool to see him reminiscing about his father`s death in the past. Just hope they do a Boba Fett movie before ROTJ, I hate the idea of him making it out of the sarlacc pit. Who knows, maybe he could visit level 1313 on Coruscant or Kamino as well.

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  6. Well, I’m not certain I liked the rumored “twist” that Disney/Lucasfilm initially proposed for him…

    Rumors have been flooding the internet on how much original STAR WARS script writer Lawrence Kasdan HATED revealing Boba Fett to merely be a clone of another bounty hunter. He too loved the idea of “the man with no face” that wondered across the galaxy that carried an air of mystery and danger about him.

    Kasdan’s solution: the Boba Fett we met in the Original Trilogy ISN’T the clone son of Jango Fett; he’s a nameless, faceless man who killed the true Boba Fett, stole his armor and took his name.

    https://moviepilot.com/p/boba-fett-movie-spinoff-star-wars-twist/4177641

    Seeing that they originally sought actors who aren’t of Maori descent like Jango Fett actor Temuera Morrison–who Boba Fett should resemble by the time of the Original Trilogy–people have considered that this makes sense.

    Personally, if they DID do a Boba spin-off movie, I say give us the cancelled STAR WARS 1313 storyline that fans were fawning over before Lucasarts was disbanded.

    The story actually sounded AMAZING: after a common threat to the families is discovered that could topple their gangster empire, the Hutt Clans each send their best hunters after their quarry in a grand game to solidify their power in the Underworld. Filled with backstabbing, assassin droids, strange aliens that have never seen sunlight and plenty of twists along the way, a young Boba Fett–long before donning the armor we’ve come to know him in–seeks immortalize the name “Fett” in memory of his father…and even surpass Jango’s own infamy!

    We never have to see Fett’s face, his dialogue could be very limited and the story COULD be told through a third-party’s narrative: a new hunter that is partnered with Fett to finish the job!

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  7. Just film it the same way they did the most recent “Dredd” movie: Make Boba a fixed point with dynamic characters around him. Solves every issue you have with the movie.

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  8. A Boba Fett standalone does not necessarily have to be an origin story. It could just as easily be a post Return Of The Jedi/escape from Sarlac film. That way his mysteriousness is kept in play & probably even magnified in escaping. Such a film could also tie into the new trilogy. Just a thought

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  9. A Boba Fett movie needs to not be a traditional Starwars story arc. It should be a collection of tales of Boba Fett. People around the man himself, rather from the man himself. The beauty of the character of Boba Fett has always been keeping him in the gray area of interpretation. The best stories involving Boba Fett have always been about him being in the middle of somebody else’s conflict. About him being the one who settles the score. The incomplete character arc has always defined Boba Fett, and it should continue to define him in the future. I see no reason why this would make creating a movie about him difficult unless we force traditional movie making stereotypes onto the Boba Fett movie. If anything, Rogue One should teach us that we can break from the mold and audiences will be pleasantly surprised with the break from the traditional tone as long as it still fits into what is established and accepted in the universe. We don’t have to have a Boba Fett that lays out his entire story arc in order to appeal to the audience. Ambiguity is his story, and I think they need to stick to it.

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  10. How about a mature Fett film? One where he’s already seasoned, but has crisis of morality on an especially complicated hunt? Sort of reminiscent of the old action movies of the 80’s.

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  11. I totally agree, oh my goodness. A Fett movie won’t benefit the Star Wars universe in any way. Boba Fett is iconic (well… overrated), because he is so mysterious and lacks substance in the original trilogy. It makes people wonder who he is, but I think it’s important to have one or two characters like that in a major storyline like Star Wars. I don’t want to know EVerything about EVeryone. If Disney really wants to make a spin off they should make a Darth Maul movie. He was the best thing to come out of the Prequels, let’s be real.

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  12. I still stand by the old storyline that Jaster Meerel is Boba Fett. The story of a cop going all Serpico and being exiled only to become a solo mercenary under the Fett pseudonym is by far better than the slipshod, “He’s a clone”, story they gave us.

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  13. I’m lukewarm at best when it comes to Boba Fett, but for fans I can see why the prospect terrifies you – Han Solo’s treatment in TFA only underlines that Disney has no reticence about destroying characters for the sake of the dollar. However, a man of mystery vibe could really work – as someone said above, The Man With No Name is a perfect example of how to do it right.

    If you wanted to see a villainous Boba Fett, a template like No Country For Old Men could work. A supporting cast is introduced (and picked off) whilst Fett breezes a trail of destruction right through, much like Anton Chigurh. Either way, they don’t have to destroy his mystique… There’s just no guarantee that they won’t.

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