With all the talk about Star Wars at the minute and the fact that it looks like we now have our young Han Solo (here), we’re looking forward to the third anthology movie which is reportedly a Boba Fett movie.
Because, let’s be honest, as cool as Fett is, he got a pretty raw deal in the original trilogy where Empire Strikes Back set him up as a badass, flying off with a frozen Han Solo into the abyss of the galaxy far, far away. And then getting literally knocked into the mouth of a giant sand monster.
It seems that Fett did fall victim to the whim of creator George Lucas as the original plan was for him to live up to his reputation and cause Luke and the team some serious headaches.
Fans relations officer Craig Miller has spilled the beans to Inverse on what exactly the plan was and why it all fell to pieces: “Originally Boba Fett was set up in Empire as a character, and the third movie’s plot was going to be more about Boba Fett, rescuing Han Solo and all of that,. Boba was going to be the main villain… That was set up, why he was taking Han Solo away, why there was a thing with him in the Christmas special.
“When George decided not to make the third trilogy, he completely jettisoned that story line, which is why in the first ten minutes, Boba Fett gets bumped into and falls into the mouth of a giant monster.
“So he took what was planned for the third trilogy, which was the confrontation between Luke and Darth Vader, and the battle with the Emperor, and that got squished down from three movies to one movie. And that became the plot of Jedi.”
This is very revealing as fans have long known that Star Wars was originally a 12 part saga but then Lucas decide nine was enough before eventually deciding six was probably the safest number – although he at one point decided he didn’t want to do more than three: “At first there was one film, and then George originally announced that it was one of 12, and there were going to be 12, and then that changed to, oh there was never 12, there was only 9, and he was going to make 9,” Miller goes on.
“And then during all of it, George kind of lost interest in continuing it… While we were working on The Empire Strikes Back, George decided he was going to complete the first film trilogy and that would be it.
Even then it seems that Lucas felt the pressure of Star Wars and wanted to go back to making small, experimental and more personal movies: “I remember sitting in a mixing room with George, working on Empire, and he told me he was just going to make the third movie, which didn’t have a title at that point, and then stop.
“He was going to retire from making big movies and make experimental movies. And that’s why the whole plot of the third movie, what became Return of the Jedi, completely changed.”
Thankfully Lucas did continue the story – yes, we defended the prequels, ok? – and now Disney are running with it, so we may finally get the Boba Fett we knew he really was and not just a very cool looking character.
Although we love that he’s a cool cat too…
What do you all think? Would you like to have seen Fett being the main villain in Jedi? Let us know what you think…