Fox Hollow, FL – Long story short, Boba Fett, a long time fan favorite, was originally slated to be the main villain in ‘Star Wars‘ VI, VII, and VIII back when George Lucas was writing the script for Star Wars V “The Empire Strikes Back“. However for whatever reason, Lucas scrapped his plans for episodes VII and VIII, and in doing so condensed the plots for these two unproduced Star Wars films into what eventually became Star Wars VI “Return of the Jedi“, which was originally titled “Revenge of the Jedi“
Besides screwing up the entire Star Wars Universe for more than 30 years, as the fan base eagerly waited for Disney to wrestle the filming rights of Star Wars away from the aging Lucas, the Star Wars fan base was equally robbed out of having Boba Fett and the Mandalorians be the true bad ass villains they were originally scripted to be.
As the original pre-rewrite goes, Lucas had Boba Fett and the Mandalorians being the main villains in Lucas’s version of episodes VI, VII and part of episode VIII, with the final confrontation between the Luke Skywalker, his father Darth Vader, Emperor Palpatine, the Rebel Fleet vs. the Imperial Fleet and the Death Star II being all played out at the end of episode VIII, and throughout episodes IX and X.
Based on interviews with the original writers that helped Lucas write the original trilogy, Boba Fett was supposed to be an ultra-ruthless intergalactic “Rambo” type character and the leader of what was left of the now shattered Mandalorian Empire, which had been relegated to the role of mercenaries and bounty hunters for the Galactic “Sith” Empire following their defeat at some massive war that occurred between the fall of both the Old Republic and the Jedi Order (Episode III) and the start of Episode IV “The New Hope”.
Now I don’t know about you all, but that sounds awesome and would had made the original trilogy that much better had Lucas stayed his course and produced episodes 7,8,9,10. It would have also negated the original trilogy by creating an original saga.
It might have also saved us the pain of sitting through Episode I “The Phantom Menace” given that had Lucas produced an additional five films, which he was planning on doing, then production of the last film would have taken place in the mid-to-late 1990’s which was when Episode I was released.
In any event, Disney has done a great job at fixing a number of loose ends that Lucas left wide open. Disney’s version of Episode VII answered the question that the Empire is still around, and the new Jedi Order failed horribly.
Can Disney fix the Boba Fett storyline?
Well, I certainly hope so given the fact that Lucas kept Boba Fett alive in the old Expanded Universe by having him shoot his way out of the Sarlacc Pit and get revenge on Han Solo by killing Chewbacca. In the old Expanded Universe, Boba Fett was still very active up until Disney purchased Star Wars from Lucas and if Disney was smart, which I think they are, then continuing the Expanded Universe storyline in which Fett lives would be a very smart as well as lucrative move by Disney.
Currently, Disney has stated that they are working on producing a stand-alone Boba Fett movie that is supposed to take place between Episode III and IV. While this is a good start, Disney needs to grab the Bantha by the horns and bring Boba Fett back for Episode VIII.
Given how little we know of Boba Fett between Episode III and V, they could even make him out to be the undercover spy that the Rebels used to steal those top-secret Death Star I and II plans. Of course, that is wishful thinking on my part.
Below is the full story from the UK Independent that goes into more detail about how Lucas essentially got bored with producing Star Wars films and decided to ruin the story by cashing out at episode VI vs. continuing the story through to episode X like he originally had planned on doing (Link).
However, before you go through the below article that confirms my sources, then enjoy the following video by Patton Oswalt that sums up my hatred of George Lucas.
Unlike many of y’all out there I was beyond happy when news broke that Disney finally purchased the rights to Star Wars.
UK Independent – Boba Fett has long been a favored character among Star Wars fans, and while the bounty hunter ostensibly met his end in the earliest scenes of Return of the Jedi, it turns out that scene wasn’t George Lucas’ original intention. Now, one of Lucasfilm’s earliest employees, who was there while the iconic space opera was being produced, has revealed that the director initially planned for Boba Fett to take on a much larger role at the end of the original Star Wars trilogy.
Craig Miller served as an unofficial adviser of sorts to Lucas, eventually becoming the company’s first fan relations officer. His duties included drumming up enthusiasm for Star Wars among sci-fi fans prior to the release of A New Hope, traveling to the biggest conventions in the country in the summer of 1976. Miller was also charged with driving interest in The Empire Strikes Back, working with Starlog magazine to disseminate fake rumors in order to pique the interest of rabid Star Wars fans.
Speaking to Inverse, Miller noted that he did release some accurate information as well, including one of the earliest descriptions of the soon-to-be iconic bounty hunter. According to Miller, Boba Fett’s prominent place in Empire Strikes Back has much to do with the fact that the character was originally supposed to be a much larger threat in the trilogy’s final act, instead of just ending up as lunch for the Sarlacc.
“Originally Boba Fett was set up in Empire as a character, and the third movie’s plot was going to be more about Boba Fett rescuing Han Solo and all of that. Boba was gonna be the main villain… That was set up, why he was taking Han Solo away, why there was a thing with him in the Christmas special.”
While fans might initially be taken aback by the revelation that Boba Fett was supposed to be the main villain of Return of the Jedi (which was originally titled Revenge of the Jedi, until late into the production schedule), they will likely be even more surprised to learn that the climactic battle between Luke Skywalker and the Emperor wasn’t scheduled to appear in that movie. Instead, Miller claims that the epic confrontation between the last remaining Jedi and the Sith was set to take place in a sequel trilogy that Lucas planned, but never followed through on filming (Episode X).
“When George decided not to make a third trilogy, he completely jettisoned that story line, which is why in the first ten minutes, Boba Fett gets bumped into and falls into the mouth of a giant monster. So he took what was planned for the third trilogy, which was the confrontation between Luke and Darth Vader, and the battle with the Emperor, and that got squished down from three movies to one movie. And that became the plot of Jedi.”
Lucas originally planned to release a series of 12 Star Wars films, according to the Independent, before paring that offering down to nine. With the benefit of nearly four decades of history separating the release of the original films and The Force Awakens, the core Star Wars saga is now set to reach nine films, albeit in a very different way than Lucas originally imagined. With a Boba Fett solo film to be part of the Star Wars Stories anthology, the series’ favored bounty hunter will be resurrected as well, returning to the screen 30 years after he disappeared in the deserts of Tatooine.
Article by: Kevin Fett firstname.lastname@example.org
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