Dave Filoni has stated that the planned Boba Fett spin-off didn’t influence The Mandalorian.
When it was first announced that Lucasfilm was developing Star Wars spin-off films, Boba Fett was one of the first names brought up by fans. We know know that a film centered on Boba Fett was put into development with Fantastic Four director Josh Trank, but the young filmmaker eventually walked away from the project. There were reports that James Mangold was in talks to helm a Boba Fett film after Trank left, but the Indiana Jones 5 director denied that he was involved.
The Boba Fett project appears to be dead, not just because of The Mandalorian, but due to the reports that the fan-favorite bounty hunter will appear in the show’s season two, with a twist: his armor may be worn by Timothy Olyphant’s character. Some fans have speculated that the Boba Fett film turned into The Mandalorian, but executive produce Dave Filoni told Deadline that this wasn’t the case:
“There wasn’t really any crossover with any previous development.”
Dave Filoni went onto explain how Jon Favreau pitched the idea to Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy:
“The Mandalorian idea really starts with Jon Favreau coming forward saying he’d like to develop a concept and talking with Kathleen Kennedy about it. She knew I had done a lot of work with Mandalorian people and culture on Clone Wars with George (Lucas) over the years. She always knew that I knew Jon. She called me in when Jon pitched this idea, and he really loved the imagery of a lone gunman and Western. When we were kids, Boba Fett was a ‘Man With No Name.’ Even his publicity stills were evocative of the [Sergio Leone] Dollar trilogy. Some of his mystique had been taken away. Jon’s idea was to reimagine that character as a straight-on bounty hunter and take that imagery of the lone gunfighter. The revelation was this idea of this child in a lone wolf cub sensibility.”
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Here is the official synopsis for The Mandalorian:
After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.
The Mandalorian stars Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Carl Weathers, Omid Abtahi, Bill Burr, Werner Herzog, and Nick Nolte. The Star Wars series was written by Jon Favreau, who also serves as an executive producer alongside Dave Filoni, Kathleen Kennedy, and Colin Wilson. Karen Gilchrist is also on board as a co-executive producer.
The Mandalorian season two will premiere in October on Disney Plus. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for all the latest news on Star Wars and subscribe to our YouTube channel for more video content in the future!