THE Mandalorian’s boss has revealed how the Disney+ show avoided any crossover with the ditched Boba Fett Star Wars movie to create its own identity.
The space Western drama follows the titular Mandalorian, an armored bounty hunter who has a similar appearance to Boba Fett, a character from the original Star Wars film trilogy.
Boba had appeared in Return of the Jedi, and Lucasfilm had planned to explore the character in more detail with a standalone movie.
However, the idea was canned after Solo: A Star Wars Story – about the origins of Han Solo failed to ignite the box office.
Referring to the ditched movie, The Mandolorian’s executive producer and writer-director Dave Filoni said there “wasn’t really any crossover with any previous development” when creating the show.
He added during Deadline’s virtual Contenders Television event: “[The Mandalorian idea] really starts with Jon Favreau coming forward saying he’d like to develop a concept and talking with [Lucasfilm president] Kathleen Kennedy about it.”
“She called me in when Jon pitched this idea, and he really loved the imagery of a lone gunman and Western.”
However, Boba’s backstory had already been revealed in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones where he was unmasked as the cloned son of Jango Fett.
Dave said the reveal meant “some of his mystique had been taken away” and so “Jon’s idea was to re-imagine that character as a straight-on bounty hunter and take that imagery of the lone gunfighter.
“The revelation was this idea of this child in a lone wolf cub sensibility.”
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While Boba appeared to be accidentally killed by Han Solo (Harrison Ford) in Return of the Jedi, there has been speculation Jon and Dave will somehow manage to bring him back for the second season of The Mandalorian.
Luke Skywalker actor Mark Hamill, 68, even weighed in on the rumours, telling Entertainment Tonight: “I thought he was a decade into getting digested at this point.
“There’s so many ways they can go and Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni are both the right people for the job. They know it better than I do.”
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