As you may have heard, Star Wars is coming back into our lives in a major way. In addition to a new trilogy, comprised of Episodes 7-9, Lucasfilm will be releasing non-trilogy one-off movies in-between Episode films, under the "Anthology" umbrella - starting with Rogue One in 2016. After that, we're finally getting what we've been dreaming of since a certain bounty hunter entered our lives in The Empire Strikes Back - a Boba Fett movie.
We're excited. And here's why you should be too.
Boba Fett's entire past and future were pretty extensively mapped out...in the now non-canon Extended Universe novels, comics, and games. Now that the only things that are canon are the main movies, recent comics, and Clone Wars/Rebels, Boba Fett is BASICALLY a clean slate.
In the original trilogy, Boba Fett has exactly 4 lines - all spoken in Empire Strikes Back (he's entirely silent in Return of the Jedi, except for his terrified screaming):
That's IT - and on top of that, he's only on-screen for a grand total of 20 minutes. By nature, he's mysterious and barely sketched out - he has a cool name, a cool outfit, and a cool ship - but beyond that, very little is written in stone. Sure, he had a few lines in Attack of the Clones, where he was just a weird, ominous kid who calmly picked up his dad's severed head, but that can all be boiled down to "tragic backstory."
Basically - anything's fair game. Come up with any great story you want, settle on pretty much whatever personality you want - there's almost no baggage holding back Boba Fett.
Let's face it: Boba Fett kinda sucks, in terms of what you actually see of him in action.
All he does in Empire is follow the Millenium Falcon, tattle on them to Darth Vader (who does the ACTUAL capturing, while Boba Fett stands to the side, avoiding any danger), has Vader and the Cloud City folks freeze Han for him, and then deliver Han to Jabba - making him more of a glorified delivery boy than bounty hunter.
And really, he's not even a very good bounty hunter! Vader has to specifically point to him and admonish him - "No disintegrations." What?! That implies he needs this shit spelled out to him because he would have disintegrated his bounty otherwise? That's just sloppy.
And then comes Return of the Jedi - where he's apparently just been hanging out at Jabba's Palace ever since delivering Han, standing off to the side, being weird and not saying anything. And when the big fight breaks out, he gets bumped into by a blind guy (well, Han), loses control of his jet pack, slams into Jabba's barge, and falls into the Sarlacc Pit. That's some Jar Jar levels of clumsiness from the supposed baddest bounty hunter who ever was.
This though? This could be a chance to give Boba Fett the on-screen badass portrayal his legend always led you to believe existed. Or at least help us forget he met his end falling into a stationary desert mouth.
When LucasArts fell apart, the biggest loss felt by gamers was that of Star Wars 1313 - a game recently previewed at E3 that looked graphically- and mechanically-astonishing. Instead of the usual games that either tied in to the movies or heavily involved Jedis, this would take place deep in the grimy underbelly of Coruscant, giving you control of none other than Boba Fett.
Sadly, the game was confirmed to be deader than a womprat after the studio fell apart - even though it was supposedly VERY near completion. Could a Boba Fett-centric movie reinvigorate someone to pick up the game and finish it? Or at least take some of the better ideas from the game and make another game giving us control of the clumsiest bounty hunter in the galaxy? We can only hope.