James Mangold denies he's directing the Star Wars Boba Fett movie
Presented by: Rich Sands
That status of the Star Wars standalone movies right now is as murky as Rey's true parentage, but one thing that seems to be clear is that James Mangold is not directing the Boba Fett film. The director/writer took to Twitter over the weekend to clarify that he will not be heading that in-development project — at least not right now.
In the process of expertly blasting a Twitter user who decried Mangold's involvement in the movie as the "worst idea ever," the director of Logan and The Wolverine responded that "I'm making a period car racing movie w/ Christian Bale & Matt Damon. No Mandalorians involved. Stop reading so much gossip." His current project, the yet-to-be-titled film about Ford's attempt to challenge Ferrari at the famed Le Mans auto race in the 1960s, is set to be released in June 2019.
Look what I got from a self-proclaimed "lover of life"! Seriously Blackbird, chill. I'm making a period car racing movie w/ Christian Bale & Matt Damon. No Mandalorians involved. Stop reading so much gossip.
Oh, and in my opinion: children in cages = worst idea ever. https://t.co/e7zAa6GmCk
— Mangold (@mang0ld) July 7, 2018
And while no Mandalorians may be involved in that film, it's still theoretically possible that Mangold could step behind the camera for a Fett film, which was first revealed in May. After all, he is reportedly writing the script for Lucasfilm, and since no production schedule has been announced, it could yet be on his future schedule. (This Twitter smackdown followed Mangold's rant against toxic elements of Star Wars fandom just a few days earlier.)
Solo: A Star Wars Story has earned just over $210,000,000 at the box office domestically to date, a relatively disappointing figure for films set in that galaxy far, far away. Since a lackluster opening over Memorial Day weekend, there have been a stream of rumors that Lucasfilm is scaling back it's ambitions in the films set outside the usual trilogy sequences. (Episode IX, directed by J.J. Abrams, is on schedule to open in December 2019.) There has even been speculation that a Boba Fett movie might be scaled back.
Boba Fett, of course, is one of the most popular secondary characters in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian bounty hunter came to prominence in The Empire Strikes Back (following an animated debut in the much-maligned 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special) and had his backstory fleshed out in the prequel trilogy and the Clone Wars animated series. Thanks to his unique armor and mysterious persona, fans have traditionally clamored for more of the character. That said, Lucasfilm apparently has some concerns over how much bounty he's worth at the box office.