Now that my editors are safely tucked into bed, it's safe for me to embark on my rumor-rampage and link to those scoopsters at Latino Review. They drop a few new tidbits on Star Wars, with the juiciest bit concerning the upcoming Boba Fett solo movie.
We told you two weeks ago that Lawrence Kasdan is not only helping J.J. Abrams with the Episode VII script, but would be handling writing duties for the Boba Fett spin-off movie as well. Latino Review adds Captain America director Joe Johnston to the creative side, naming him at the top of the list for directors - not a sure thing mind you, just a top choice as of now.
The most interesting news, however, is on the details of Kasdan's script, assuming things don't change before work begins on the movie.
The spin-off will start with a complete stranger killing Boba Fett and taking his armor, starting a Man-With-No-Name bounty hunter tale. So: someone kills the Boba Fett from the prequels and takes his armor and name. One this is for certain is that Kasdan didn’t like the prequel and wants no Bobba Fett Clone in the spin-off film.
A twist like this would definitely shake things up a bit, and could divide some fans. Personally, I have no problem with revamping the Fett character. The prequels completely ruined the character, as they ruined most everything else Star Wars (in my opinion), so ditching the clone baby and making Fett a figure of mystery sounds like a good move.
Either way, the movie isn't due in theaters until 2018, so there is still a lot to go on between Kasdan's initial script concepts and the final draft, that whatever director is chosen, tinkers with even more. My real hope here is that Abrams and Kasdan have realized how much work they really need to do to right this franchise after the prequels and won't mind shaking things up.
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Latino Review also touched on a few of the other rumors that have popped up for Star Wars lately. Breaking Bad's Jesse Plemons is supposedly as sure a thing as can be considering his involvement hasn't been officially announced.
They shot down the Obi-wan having a child rumor, but did say the Kenobi family was expected to be involved in some fashion. Could be a nephew or niece, ghost, or anyone's guess, but it's not expected to be his direct child.
As for the drama between Michael Arndt's exit and J.J. Abrams fully taking the reigns, they double down on, telling us that Abrams & Kasdan have indeed tossed out most all of Arndt's concepts to focus on a Skywalker-centric story. Mark Hamill's role has been considerably beefed up, and he could end up working as long as six months shooting for Episode VII.
Again, keep in mind, this information, though coming from inside sources, is still little more than rumor. Not to mention that some stories are simply about concepts and discussions - things that often change as a project rolls through the Hollywood grinder. Having Lawrence Kasdan working on these scripts though, gives me a lot of hope that the scripts won't need much tinkering.