Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny is out, so Mangold has been out and about doing press. As this is a Lucasfilm show, talk inevitably turned to Star Wars, specifically Mangold’s upcoming Star Wars movie, and his aborted Boba Fett project.




Mangold was to direct the project, written by Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Dark Phoenix), after Josh Trank became yet another Lucasfilm victim of “creative differences”. On the Happy Sad Confused podcast this week, Mangold gave an intriguing description of the approach he wanted:

“At the point I was doing it I was probably scaring the s— out of everyone. I was making much more of a borderline R-rated, kind of single-planet spaghetti Western. The world would never be able to embrace Baby Yoda if I had made that. It didn’t really belong in the world I was kind of envisioning.”

While this darker approach might have concerned them, the whole Star Wars Anthology project was folded in a reactionary, blind panic when Solo flopped. Once again, Hollywood idiocy failed to realize it wasn’t the whole Anthology plan that was bad, it was bringing us a prequel nobody asked for about a well-loved character they had just killed off, following a truly terrible main trilogy film in the form of The Last Jedi. What really might have saved Star Wars at this point was a more adult, different movie. You know, exactly the kind of content the whole Anthology plan was supposed to give great creatives the chance to create? Fucking morons.

Anyway… Mangold reflects:

“In a moment of corporate realignment or whatever happened with the Han Solo movie, they just suddenly decided they weren’t making pictures like that, and the opportunities in streaming presented themselves. I’m not sure it ever would have happened. I’m not sure it was in anyone’s plans, what I was thinking.

Mangold returns to the galaxy far, far away with Dawn of the Jedi film, which he confirmed will cover the origins of The Force. Mangold has said he was inspired by The Ten Commandments. There is no release date for this movie. Given the track record at Lucasfilm, it is probably only 50/50 that it sees the light of day.


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