Will Boba Fett 'Star Wars Story' Dare To Be a 'Return of the Jedi' Sequel?

James Mangold, director of Logan, will write and direct A Star Wars Story about the bounty hunter Boba Fett, The Hollywood Reporter announced. Nothing else is known about the Boba Fett movie and Disney/Lucasfilm has yet to confirm THR's reporting.

But the pattern set by the previous two Star Wars Stories, Rogue One and the just-released Solo, suggest the basic parameters of a Boba Fett movie. So far, every Star Wars Storyintended as standalone, anthology-style adventures—has taken place in the approximate 20 year gap between Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith and the original Star Wars, covering the period between the ascension of Emperor Palpatine and the rise of Luke Skywalker. Boba Fett's biography would make him a good fit for this same time period, maintaining a certain cohesion to the Star Wars Story series, rather than bouncing all over the timeline and confusing the viewing public even more.

It's even conceivable the Boba Fett movie and the rumored Solo sequel could be one and the same, with Jabba teaming up Fett and Solo for another "plucky crew team-up" movie. Or will Lucasfilm stretch its legs with Boba Fett and dare to deviate?

Boba Fett first appeared in the Star Wars Christmas Special as a bounty hunter sent by Darth Vader, but his more consequential debut came in Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back , as one of several bounty hunters Darth Vader sets upon the Millennium Falcon. Primed by two years of heavy marketing, plus the iconic appeal of the character's distinctive Mandalorian armor (especially his helmet), Fett became a fan favorite, a reputation undiminished by his clumsy death in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.

Since then his backstory has been explored in the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy, revealing Fett to be a clone of his father, Jango Fett. Fett also made appearances as a young bounty hunter in animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. There's a lot of possible ground to cover in his adventures before the original Star Wars trilogy. But what about after?

In Return of the Jedi, Fett's jetpack malfunctions and he flies, screaming, into the open maw of the Sarlacc, where, we are told, he'll be digested for a thousand years. But there are hints he survived. In Star Wars: Aftermath, a novel by Chuck Wendig, a character shopping on Tatooine comes across Mandalorian armor, including a helmet, "pitted and pocked, as if with some kind of acid."

If Boba Fett did indeed escape from the guts of the Sarlacc (the now non-canon novel Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina suggests he blew himself out with a thermal detonator), Mangold would be uniquely suited for a post-Return of the Jedi Fett flick. Just like in Logan, Fett would be a violent man past his prime, wandering a world that no longer needs him.

While Lucasfilm has so far been cautious, spending lots of time in familiar, well-established parts of the Star Wars timeline, their upcoming slate suggests an increasing focus on the era after Return of the Jedi. Rian Johnson's mysterious trilogy promises to get away from well-trod parts of the timeline, as does Jon Favreau's upcoming live-action Star Wars TV series and new animated series Star Wars Resistance, both set between Return of the Jedi and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And, of course, there's Star Wars: Episode IX.

The future of Star Wars isn't set in the increasingly cluttered space between Revenge of the Sith and Rogue One—will the Boba Fett movie be?