I don’t know about you, but I always get nervous when geek sites start running conjecture based on unnamed “sources”. We’re not exactly dealing with regular Bob Woodward types here, so the “Deep Throat” veils of secrecy always strike me as mere excuses for nerdboy fantasy.
According to Schmoes Know, Lawrence Kasdan is 100% confirmed by their “trusted source” to be writing the 2016 Boba Fett film. This comes hot on the heels of Disney’s announcement that both Gareth Edwards (Godzilla ’14) and Josh Trank (Chronicle) are directing two of the three Star Wars spin-off movies planned to be dropping in-between the still untitled Episodes VII – IX.
Even if we’re to take this site and their “source” at their word, there’s already been some weird contention amongst the geek blogger community as to which talent is attached to which property. But let’s get down to what we DO know:
We DO know that Kasdan is, at the very least, co-scripting Episode VII.
We DO know that Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that Kasdan, along with X-Men: Days of Future Past screenwriter Simon Kinberg, is supervising the development of the spin-off films.
We DO know that the top contenders in terms of plot-lines for the spin-offs are “young Han Solo” and “Boba Fett” stories.
We DO know that Gareth Edwards and Josh Trank are both directing Star Wars spin-off films.
We DO know that director Jon Schnepp (whose connection to the writer/director I can’t quite parse) told AMC Movie Talk that he knows “for a fact” that Kasdan is writing the Boba Fett film.
We DO know that the leaked release schedule for the Star Wars films, through 2020, reads as such:
2015: Episode VII
2016: Boba Fett
2017: Episode VIII
2018: Han Solo
2019: Episode IX
2020: Red Five
We DO know that Gary Whitta (Book of Eli) has been confirmed as the writer of Gareth Edwards’ spin-off film.
We DO know that Edwards is signed to direct two more Godzilla pictures after he’s done with the first Star Wars film.
So…judging from all of these facts, what can we deduce when we combine them with this new rumor revolving around Kasdan? If Whitta is penning Edwards’ spin-off film, and Kasdan is 100% writing the Boba Fett film, then the leaked release schedule is wrong. Edwards is more than likely directing the Young Han Solo picture for a 2016 release date (with Whitta writing), and Kasdan is writing the Boba Fett film for Josh Trank to be released 2018. Logically, this actually makes more sense from a marketing standpoint, as Han Solo is a much more recognizable figure to mainstream audiences outside of the hardcore geek crowd and will be an easier sell as the first spin-off movie. By 2018, we’ll already be four films deep into this re-imagined Star Wars universe, thus allowing Disney and the creative teams involved to take on a riskier character that is more recognizable to a cult audience. Plus, Edwards gets in and out of the Star Wars franchise early and is able to return to the giant monster movie series he just breathed fresh life into.
It’ll be fascinating to see how this all shakes out. No offense to Schmoes Know, but I’m definitely waiting for a hard confirmation from Disney before I get my hopes up for any of these scenarios. Furthermore, I’m not really that enticed by Lawrence Kasdan writing anything at this point. The man’s last truly great script came almost twenty-three years ago (in the form of the wonderful character drama Grand Canyon). Since then, he’s churned out some of the worst motion picture screenplays known to man (Dreamcatcher or Darling Companion anyone?). I know that co-writing The Empire Strikes Back over thirty years ago gets him a lifetime pass from geeks when it comes to writing a new Star Wars film, but count me as skeptical until I get to see footage that convinces me otherwise.
Via: Screen Rant