New Star Wars Movie Makes Us Very Relieved Disney Canceled Boba Fett’s Solo Film

James Mangold’s upcoming Dawn of the Jedi movie will do more for Star Wars’ storytelling than a Boba Fett solo film ever could. Recently, Star Wars has been expanding its narrative timeline. Where before, the few decades of the Skywalker saga were the core focus of Disney’s Star Wars canon, new projects and initiatives have drastically broadened the audience’s understanding of the galaxy. The High Republic Era takes place a few centuries before the events of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, the so-called Mandoverse has been detailing the significance of the New Republic’s reign, and Rey Skywalker’s upcoming New Jedi Order movie will take the audience further into the future than ever before.


Mangold’s Dawn of the Jedi film slots perfectly into Star Wars’ new narrative direction. Going back even further than the High Republic Era, Mangold’s movie will take place at least 25,000 years before the Star Wars prequel trilogy. This is a huge timeline jump, as the film will look at the origins of the Force and the roots of the Jedi religion. In a recent interview with Variety, Mangold confirmed that years before his Ten Commandments-inspired movie was green-lit by Lucasfilm, he’d initially been working on a Boba Fett spin-off movie. Thankfully, however, that project never went anywhere, and audiences will now be given a chance to learn more about the ancient history of Star Wars‘ mystical peacekeepers.

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Mangold’s Boba Fett Movie Would’ve Been Better Than The Show

Temuera Morrison as Boba Fett shooting his wrist rockets next to the poster for The Mandalorian season 3

According to Variety, Mangold’s Boba Fett film “would have been a one-off spaghetti Western in the vein of Sergio Leone.” This certainly would have been an interesting angle, and there’s no doubt that the Boba Fett solo project being a standalone movie as opposed to the miniseries it became would have benefited the storytelling. One of the main issues with The Book of Boba Fett was that the extended run time allowed the focus to stray away from Boba and his right-hand woman, Fennec Shand, to other narrative threads and characters that weren’t needed for the plot, thus taking away vital screen time from the titular character.

The Mandalorian-focused episodes were especially egregious in that regard. Two whole episodes were dedicated to Din Djarin and Grogu and used to set the table for their upcoming season, as opposed to driving Boba Fett’s story forward. While Djarin did end up playing a role in Boba Fett’s Mos Espa showdown, the damage had already been done. By slotting two The Mandalorian episodes into the middle of The Book of Boba Fett, the pacing was ruined, and the audience became divided once again. Boba Fett’s takeover of Tatooine was a story that could have just as easily been told within two and a half hours.

Mangold’s Dawn Of The Jedi Movie Is Even Better

Prime Jedi and Dawn of the Jedi art.

While it’s easy to argue that Mangold’s Boba Fett movie would have worked better than The Book of Boba Fett, his new Star Wars venture is even more compelling. One of Star Wars’ biggest faults has been its overreliance on nostalgia; this became especially apparent with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, as Emperor Palpatine’s resurrection used fan service as a crutch. The Book of Boba Fett faced the same issue; it doesn’t matter whether it was a movie or a streaming series. A Boba Fett spin-off is, by its very nature, derivative. Had Mangold worked on the Boba Fett movie instead, there’s a good chance his Dawn of the Jedi film wouldn’t be in development today.

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Right now, what Star Wars needs most is daring ideas, new characters to fall in love with, and a deeper exploration of the galaxy. Mangold’s Force origin movie is set to deliver this in spades. As he put it himself, “It is basically, for fans, a kind of religion. What is it to have found this power and not even understand what it is?” A deep dive into the galaxy’s background will also allow Mangold to write a movie that is unencumbered by the history and lore of what came before. If Star Wars is to remain fresh and relevant, then new perspectives are needed – and diving 25,000 years into the past is certainly one way to find them.

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