James Mangold on his borderline R-rated Boba Fett film

James Mangold says his scrapped Boba Fett film was a borderline R-rated spaghetti western that in all probability scared the shit out of Lucasfilm.

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Star Wars definitely took inspiration from spaghetti westerns, however James Mangold was planning on absolutely embracing the style for his Boba Fett film.

James Mangold was tapped to direct the Boba Fett film again in 2018 in addition to co-write the script with Simon Kinberg. Sadly, the challenge by no means received off the bottom however Mangold teased his imaginative and prescient for the film whereas talking on the Happy Sad Confused podcast. “On the level I used to be doing it I used to be in all probability scaring the shit out of everybody,” Mangold mentioned. “However I used to be in all probability making rather more of a borderline R-rated, single planet spaghetti Western. They in all probability would by no means be capable of embrace Child Yoda if I had made that. It didn’t actually belong on this planet I used to be form of envisioning.

In one other world, we would have truly gotten to see James Mangold’s Boba Fett film, however the box-office failure of Solo: A Star Wars Story led Lucasfilm to scrap the challenge. “In a second of company realignment or no matter occurred with the Han Solo film, they simply out of the blue determined they weren’t making footage like that, and the alternatives in streaming offered themselves,” Mangold mentioned. “I used to be simply listening to Ennio Morricone all day, all night time, and typing away. I’m unsure it ever would have occurred. I’m unsure it was in anybody’s plans, what I used to be pondering.

Though James Mangold wasn’t in a position to get the Boba Fett film off the bottom 5 years in the past, he has returned to Lucasfilm for a second probability on the franchise. It was introduced at Star Wars Celebration that Mangold would helm a film concerning the origins of the Drive. “It takes place 25,000 years earlier than Episode IV, and it’s concerning the discovery of the Drive,” Mangold mentioned. In distinction to the spaghetti western influences on Boba Fett, this new challenge will take inspiration from Fifties biblical epics. “I advised Kathy [Kennedy, head of Lucasfilm] I needed to make a form of Bible film,” Mangold defined, “a form of Ten Commandments of Star Wars–form of a Cecil B DeMille movie concerning the arrival of the Drive, and that’s what I’ve been pecking away at between press occasions. That’s the concept.

James Mangold’s Indiana Jones and the Dial of Future will hit theaters tomorrow, so be sure you take a look at a assessment from our personal Chris Bumbray.