Monday Movie Report: Boba Fett spin-off movie cancelled

The “Star Wars” spin off movie based on the character Boba Fett has been shelved according to Entertainment Weekly.

The magazine reports that the film, which had long been rumored but not yet officially announced, will not be put into production. EW confirmed that a Boba Fett film was in development with Director James Mangold at the helm, but it never got off the ground.

Instead, “Star Wars” execs and the parent company Disney are going to focus on a new TV series called “The Mandalorian.”

According to EW, the series will air on Disney’s new streaming service in 2019. “Mandalorian” will feature another character similar to Fett and take place after the events of “Return of the Jedi.”

EW reports that the spin-off has been in discussions since 2013 and at one time had Director Josh Trank attached. However, he left the project following issues on the set of another movie, “Fantastic Four.”

The news comes several months after the disappointing release of “Solo: A Star Wars Story” at the box office. That film, another spin-off, focused on the character Han Solo and was the second ‘side story’ from the “Star Wars” universe after “Rogue One.”

However, its opening weekend only took in $84,420,489, marking the first time a film in the franchise failed to earn more than $100 million in its first outing since the series was resurrected in 2015.

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At this past weekend’s box office, with very few big blockbusters coming out, it was a collection of older releases earning the top spots. Coinciding with the season, it was the horror sequel “Halloween” earning the top spot with a respectable $32 million. “A Star is Born,” meanwhile, continues to perform well, adding on another $14 million to its total.

The full top five was:
1. Halloween – $32,045,000
2. A Star is Born – $14,145,000
3. Venom – $10,800,000
4. Goosebumps 2 – $7,500,000
5. Hunter Killer – $6,650,000

Coming up this weekend, meanwhile, is the new “Nutcracker” adaptation, “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms,” as well as the musical biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which follows the life of Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury.

On the small screen, the following flicks are also coming out:

  • The Spy Who Dumped Me, my rating: 2 out of 5, Large Association of Movie Blogs rating 2.83 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 49%.
  • Teen Titans Go To The Movies, my rating: 3.75 out of 5, Large Association of Movie Blogs rating: 3.75 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 91%.
  • Slender Man, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 8%.
  • The Darkest Minds, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 17%.
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Author: Matthew Liedke

My name is Matthew Liedke. I'm a reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer in Minnesota, but I also have a passion for the art of film. This passion led me to start writing about film in 2008. From 2008-2016 I wrote pieces at my own website, After the Movie Reviews. Then, from 2016-May 2018, my write-ups were featured on AreaVoices, a blog network run by Forum Communications Company. Today, I now write film reviews and other pieces here on Word Press. More about me: I'm a 2012 graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead where I studied journalism and film. Outside of film, I enjoy sports, video games, anime and craft beers.

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