kevinsmithfett

“To a New Jersey kid and his best friend, the franchise was more than just movies.”

Everyone has a love or hate relationship with Kevin Smith, but we all respect him. After breaking into the movie industry with his cult hit, Clerks, Kevin Smith has been a staple in the geek community has a director, comic/film writer, author, and comedian. I guess the news about Disney acquisition of Lucasfilm and the announcement of Episode VII in 2015 struck him hard as Star Wars as a special place in his heart. One of the characters from the Star Wars universe that is very near and dear to him is Boba Fett. His love for the bounty hunter with a few words has motivated him to put out a passionate plea to Disney to create an Star Wars film centralized around Boba Fett which is featured on Hollywood Reporter. The article talks about Smith and his childhood friend, Pete who like most kids that love Star Wars, created their own stories using action figures in their backyard. Some of the stories that they loved to create was for their favorite character, Boba Fett.

If Disney wants to make another cool billion dollars like it did with The Avengers last summer, all it needs to do is make a Boba Fett time-travel flick. It would center on a character everyone digs and allow for a greatest hits of Star Wars while playing with an already-established timeline, a la Back to the Future. You could use every living (and dead) actor from the previous Star Wars films, no matter what their age — which means Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford can come and play as well. It’d be a dream come true for any Star Wars fan — particularly those of us who opted out of the boring-ass real world every summer for galaxies far, far away.
As Pete and I hit our teens, we didn’t play as much Star Wars anymore. I was onto girls, and Pete was replacing Star Wars with G.I. Joe figures. My visits to Pete’s backyard became less frequent, as did Pete’s summer trips to Jersey with his family: After he got into punk music, he’d spend more and more of his time in Manhattan with new friends.
One morning shortly after Clerks happened to me, I got the absolute shit news that Pete King had been hit by a car in New York City. I asked how long his recovery would be only to learn the awful truth: Pete had died.
Not a summer goes by when I don’t think about Pete or our ongoing saga of Boba Fett lost in time. So when I heard about Disney’s $4 billion Lucasfilm acquisition, naturally I had a brief, one-sided conversation with my former best friend.
“We might finally get to see that Fett flick we always dreamed about, Pete,” I said aloud at my desk after I read the news.

“If Disney wants to make another cool billion dollars like it did with The Avengers last summer, all it needs to do is make a Boba Fett time-travel flick. It would center on a character everyone digs and allow for a greatest hits of Star Wars while playing with an already-established timeline, a la Back to the Future. You could use every living (and dead) actor from the previous Star Wars films, no matter what their age — which means Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford can come and play as well. It’d be a dream come true for any Star Wars fan — particularly those of us who opted out of the boring-ass real world every summer for galaxies far, far away.”

“Not a summer goes by when I don’t think about Pete or our ongoing saga of Boba Fett lost in time. So when I heard about Disney’s $4 billion Lucasfilm acquisition, naturally I had a brief, one-sided conversation with my former best friend.

“We might finally get to see that Fett flick we always dreamed about, Pete,” I said aloud at my desk after I read the news.

So in a world where Disney needs to make back its investment, we may indeed see an all-Boba Fett film. And if the Force wills it, maybe it’ll even be about Boba Fett lost in the Star Wars universe time stream. But even if it became the highest-grossing film of all time, it’d still never be as good as Pete King’s version.”

Kevin Smith might be on to something here. While most of us have been campaigning for existing storylines in the Star Wars Expanded Universe like Legacy of the Force, not many of us have thought about creating films based on a character’s origins. Boba Fett would be a great example. As a character that existed in most of the Star Wars films, it would be interesting to revisit Boba Fetts point of view during that time and beyond. What did Boba do after the death of Jango Fett and his reappearance as a bounty hunter for the Galactic Empire? What happened to him after falling into the Sarlacc Pit in Return of the Jedi? I already know Boba’s adventures beyond ROTJ, but most people don’t. “Boba Fett Origins” might not work right now in Episode VII, but surly, there is a story there that can be made into a motion picture. I’m pretty sure there are millions of Star Wars fans that agree with Kevin Smith. We need a Boba Fett movie.

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starwarsdisneyauditions

The team at Screen Junkies are tired of all the Star Wars Episode VII speculations and decided just to put together a little “Disney-fied” version of Star Wars featuring Fiona Gubelmann from Wilfred. As crazy as it might sound, I actually like this version better than the prequels. I would definitely prefer a Jack Sparrow Jar-Jar Binks than the real thing. It would be more entertaining than sad.

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angrybirdsstarwars

Today is the release date of Angry Bird Star Wars and everyone is excited. Everyone but me. I don’t get the appeal of it. I’m a huge Star Wars fanatic, but I never understood the Angry Bird craze. I recognize that it’s a very addicting game, but seriously. Do I really have to see Angry Birds beyond my iPhone? It’s freakin’ EVERYWHERE! This needs to stop. It really does… Regardless, Angry Bird Star Wars is here and officially part of gaming history. You can celebrate by checking out this special cinematic trailer for Angry Bird Star Wars.

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bradbirdforsw

The 2012 Presidential election is finally over and now the campaigning has started for the most desired seat is all the lands, the directors chair for Star Wars Episode VII. If you follow my Twitter, I have been personally campaigning for Neill Blomkamp (District 9) for Star Wars VII. Well, after watching this promotional ad, I’m sold. I want Brad Bird as my director for the future of Star Wars. We just need to find a way to get him off pre-production on 1906…

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disneyprincessleia

AVbyte and the Hipster Disney Princesses are back with a new addition to their singing group, Princess Leia from Star Wars! I’m guessing that now that Disney owns Lucasfilm, it’s only right that Princess Leia becomes a Disney Princess. In their newest song, the Disney Princesses gives Leia the rundown on how to be a proper “Disney Princess”. I don’t think breaking into song or starvation is needed for Leia to be a great Disney Princess. All she has to do is strap on a blaster and just be the same bad ass she always has been. No need to change at all.

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heirtotheempire00

With all the speculation and rumors about Star Wars Episode VII, the fans are going nuts trying to think what the next installment will be about. Well, Chris AKA Scanders411 took it upon himself to create a cool DVD cover for a Star Wars Episode VII: Heir to the Empire movie. Just in case you aren’t too familiar with the Star Wars Expanded Universe, Heir to the Empire takes place five years after Return of the Jedi during the New Republic era.

via Wiki: Heir to the Empire is part of the Star Wars Expanded Universe, and takes place five years after the events of Return of the Jedi. The Rebel Alliance has destroyed the Death Star, defeated Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine, and driven out the remnants of the old Imperial Starfleet to a distant corner of the galaxy. Princess Leia and Han Solo are married and expecting twins. Luke Skywalker has become the first in a long-awaited new line of Jedi Knights.

Thousands of light years away, Grand Admiral Thrawn, the last of the Emperor’s Warlords, has taken command of the shattered Imperial Fleet, readied it for war, and pointed it at the fragile heart of the New Republic. Thrawn is searching for a Dark Jedi and is succeeding in restoring the Empire.

Heir to the Empire would be a great trilogy and I would kill to see Mara Jade and Grand Admiral Thrawn on the big screen, but even with heavy doses of CGI, I doubt you can mask the aging Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, or Carrie Fisher. I would vote for Star Wars Episode VII to cover Legacy of the Force or The Force Unleashed. Regardless of what we want, only Disney and Lucasfilm knows the future of the Star Wars Episode VII.

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soloseven

I love and hate Star Wars Episode VII rumors. After the announcement of Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm and news that Star Wars Episode VII will drop in 2015, the Internet has been rampant with speculations and rumors regarding the newest installment in the Star Wars franchise. Now, EW has the exclusive that everyone’s favorite scruffy nerfherder, Harrison Ford AKA Han Fucking Solo is open to returning to the Star Wars universe alongside Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) and Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia).

“Harrison is open to the idea of doing the movie and he’s upbeat about it, all three of them are,” said one highly placed source, referring to Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher, the trio that made a hyper-speed jump to global fame on May 25, 1977, the opening night for George Lucas’s original Star Wars film.

Let the speculation begin! It was already announced that the newest Star Wars film is be an original story. Considering Ford is now the ripe age of 70, the only real storyline that seems probable for the return of Ford, Hamill, and Fisher would have to be Legacy of the Force from the Star Wars Expanded Universe. That would make an interesting trilogy as it follows the story of Han Solo and Princess Leia’s three children, Jacen, Jaina, and Anakin Solo. If with that possibility, I doubt that Disney and Lucasfilm has any intentions on producing films based on existing content. However, it’s more concerning whether Harrison will be willing to invest another decade of his later years to this project. I’m not putting any money on this ever happening, but I have to admit. It would be amazing to see Han Solo back on the big screen.