I waited a few days to talk about this because I didn’t everyone to panic over a that probably isn’t true. In case you have no idea what the hell I’m talking about, the rumor is the alleged Boba Fett spinoff movie features “a mysterious stranger” who kills the actual Boba Fett (Jango’s clone/son), steals his armor, and then goes on to a glorious career as a bounty hunter while pretending to be Boba Fett.
The reason why I don’t think this is true or accurate is that it’s so utterly hacky, I have a hard time believing Lawrence Kasdan tried to seriously pitch it. If he did, he’s on drugs. (Even if it was proposed by a hack on drugs, that lame plot twist is already out of the bag and therefore of no use.) Think about it. Why would you pretend to be a bounty hunter you defeated? You’d let everybody know you kicked his butt because it would add to your reputation. Twits saying this would make Fett mysterious again don’t realize there’s not going to be anything mysterious about a guy who’s the star of a two-hour movie. Besides, if it’s an imposter, he’s NOT Boba Fett anyway, he’s just some random a-hole! What would be the point of making the Fett of Eps IV-VI some poseur? Even if the filmmakers want to recast the role, they don’t have to change Fett’s backstory at all. Look at how many times they’ve recast Batman, Spider Man, Superman, James Bond, etc. without changing their origins or backstories. It just doesn’t make any sense and it’s dumb.
This could very well be a case of El Pendejo or whatever this dude’s name is feeding the mouth breathers what they want to hear and isn’t based on reality at all. The hate boys, who have always overplayed Fett’s alleged badassery in Eps IV-VI, simply want Lucas’s story invalidated because it wasn’t the backstory they’d imagined for Fett. Never mind that Lucas intended a connection between Boba Fett and the stormtroopers all along and AOTC established that connection very well. However, the big reason why the hate boys are having orgasms over this rumor–even if they don’t care all that much about Boba Fett–is it would sever a connection between the original set of Star Wars films and the prequels.
Which is I have to wonder if this rumor is possibly some kind of trial balloon to see how much leeway with fandom they’re going to have to go and upend George Lucas’s mythos.
If that’s the case, let this be a nuclear missile across the bow.
NO. DON’T YOU DARE.
It would be a huge f*** you to George Lucas and to saga fans like us. Prequel-hating writers and directors will pick other things they don’t like to retroactively invalidate, so that in the end the Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi we saw in Episodes I-III are not at all related to Darth Vader or the Obi-Wan Kenobi in ANH, Padmé wasn’t Luke and Leia’s mother or the twins she bore aren’t THAT Luke and Leia, and that the prequels were somebody’s acid trip and “never really happened.” That’s what the hate boys really want.
The end result is a myth that eats itself, with no internal consistency and whose direction is set by mob rule. You could never trust or rely on anything in a Star Wars film because if it turns out to be unpopular with the internet peanut gallery or with the Hollyweirdos, it gets changed. Worst of all, it shows no respect whatsoever for Lucas. Like I said, this Fett rumor is likely bogus but it is possible some marketing department decided to float it out there to see if they can get away with eradicating Lucas’s legacy.
They start doing that, and I am done with Star Wars. I’ll pack up my collection, ship it to Lucasfilm, and tell them where they can shove the money and time I wasted on a saga they destroyed to please some sloven idiots.