The jury is still out on his Captain America: The First Avenger, but director Joe Johnston has dreams of bringing an even bigger cult favorite to the silver screen. Talking to ScreenRant about George Lucas possibly seeing Captain American, Johnston said, “You know if he wants to see it, I would show it to him. I’m trying to get George to make a feature based on Boba Fett.”
Those words gave birth to a new hope for Star Wars fanboys everywhere. The two directors’ relationship gives us some hope that the project is more than a pipe dream: Johnston considers Lucas his mentor and the two are close colleagues; Johnston even worked on visual effects for the original Star Wars series. He’s undeniably close to the project, and was even responsible for the design of Boba Fett.
The Darth Vader-hired bounty hunter is a fan favorite, despite his villainous tendencies. His fairly minor appearances in all of the movies (one of the longest times he’s on screen and without the helmet is in Attack of the Clones when we meet him as a “child,” or rather the clone Jango Fett is raising as a son) has made the character something of an enigma, but a beloved one by all Star Wars fans. Originally, he was meant to be a much larger part of the story, but script rewrites found many of these scenes on the cutting room floor.
There’s more Boba Fett backstory and material to be found in the Star Wars Expanded Universe, which could serve as part of the inspiration for the possible movie. We know, we’re getting ahead of ourselves, but in the spirit of optimism coupled with Johnston’s connection to the character, we’re keeping our fingers crossed.