How Does Disney Turn Boba Fett into a Hero?
We know that Disney and Lucasfilm are developing several Star Wars spin-off films for individual characters in the universe. None of them have been officially announced yet, but it's a good bet that everyone's favorite intergalactic bounty hunter Boba Fett is one of them.
Now, Boba Fett is a deadly menacing character that you don't want to cross. He's a villain in the Star Wars universe, and is also one of the greatest villains ever created for film. I think it's safe to assume that all Star Wars fan love him, and that's because he's a freakin' badass.
There's a rumor going around that Disney and Lucasfilm have been discussing the character, and that they don't know how to adapt him for the big screen. Why? Because he is considered a dark and deadly individual, and Disney isn't known for their "Dark" and "Deadly" movies. Here is what MakingStarWars.net reports was discussed in a recent "secret" meeting.
"Lucasfilm wants Boba Fett to remain menacing and scary but we have to make him the hero of the film and it is a real challenge."
There's no guarantee that this statement is true, but it does raise an interesting concern for the studio. This is something that the studios are going to have to deal with if they do give the character his own film. We already have a backstory for the character given to us in the Star Wars prequel. Part of that included watching his dad's head get cut off by Mace Windu. That's something that'll screw a kid up! There's so much that happened between then and Empire Strikes Back though to work with, and the sky's the limit to what kind of story that they want tell.
I don't think it would be that hard to make him an anti-hero. He's a bounty hunter, so he would take a job from anyone for money. They all don't necessarily have to bad. For example, what if he found himself in a situation that involves finding a little kid who was kidnapped, and hunting down the kidnappers. Even though he's a dangerously savage character, a job like this could show us different emotions from him that we've never seen before. Maybe he could relate to what the kid is going through, with his own past experiences. This is just one example of several examples that could be used to bring some humanity into the character, and still be able to keep him threatening.
Hell, Disney seems ok with making villain movies anyway! They have Maleficent coming out, as well as a Cruella DaVille film in development, and even Wreck-it-Ralph was a bad guy… sort of. I personally think that Maleficent is one of the most insane and evil villains ever though, so if they can give that character a movie, I don't see why they couldn't find a way to deal with the Fett. Maleficent is way a darker character than Fett is, but Fett is definitely cooler.
The movie is either being written by Simon Kinberg or Lawrence Kasdan. Either way, I'm sure they are collaborating with each other though on whatever Star Wars projects they have been given to work on. If they haven't been able to figure out how to make a Boba Fett movie yet, I'm sure they will. And when they do I'm confident that they will keep that hardcore evilness within him. That's something you just can't take away from Fett. if they do the fans will tear Disney and Lucasfilm apart. They don't want to piss off the fans.
Do you have any ideas of how to handle Boba Fett in a Disney spin-off movie?