Lucasfilm is going to reconfigure the Boba Fett movie in light of Solo: A Star Wars Story's box office. Instead of Lucasfilm finding another billion dollar success with their spinoff films, Solo is struggling. The final box office tally will be a far cry from Disney's other Star Wars films, which has sparked rumors regarding the future of the spinoff movies. A standalone Boba Fett movie was originally coming from Fantastic Four director Josh Trank and presumably would've landed in theaters in 2020. However, the project is now in the hands of Logan's James Mangold.
It was reported on the eve of Solo: A Star Wars Story's launch that Mangold would direct the film as well as co-write with Simon Kinberg. Lucasfilm has not confirmed this or any such news regarding future spinoffs, leading to reports that all Star Wars spinoffs are on hold. Whatever the status of Boba Fett was prior to Solo, it is now set to undergo some adjustments.
THR reports that Lucasfilm is "reassessing" their plans for Star Wars spinoffs, including Boba Fett. The outlet states that the film is in development but "could be reconfigured" due to Solo: A Star Wars Story's poor box office performance. Lucasfilm's reported train of thought is that, if one of the industry's most iconic characters, Han Solo, can't sustain a big-budget spinoff, then what chance is there for the masked bounty hunter Boba Fett to succeed?
Adjusting plans for Boba Fett now may come as a bit reactionary on Lucasfilm's part, especially since Rogue One: A Star Wars Story made over a billion dollars without any known main characters. That said, it seems the studio may reconfigure more than just the Boba Fett movie. Lucasfilm appears to have interest in going with a smaller, mid-budget approach for their spinoffs. If changes are to be made beyond the budget, though, then maybe the studio will make this more of an ensemble bounty hunter film so they don't feel the need to completely flesh out the rather mysterious character.
Smaller budgets could be the key to keeping these anthology films alive, but Solo's performance wouldn't be such a disappointment if it hadn't gone through a turbulent production. Hiring Ron Howard to take over for Phil Lord and Chris Miller resulted in upwards of 70 percent of the movie being reshot, which some reports estimated doubled the budget. Instead of a $150 million budget for Solo, it could very well be closer to $300M, and that's before marketing. As long as they can avoid troubles like these, making Star Wars movies with smaller budgets could make these spinoffs very lucrative. Once Lucasfilm is done reconfiguring Boba Fett, hopefully Mangold will help steer them in the right direction.
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