James Mangold is making the press rounds for Indiana Jones 5, so naturally he’s being asked about past projects and rumors of past projects by the media, and of course his ties to Star Wars are also brought up.
R-Rated Boba Fett
While on the Happy Sad Confused Podcast, Mangold confirmed that he was indeed working on a Boba Fett movie, and that he had penned a script. He said his take would have been a one-planet, Spaghetti Western starring Boba Fett complete with an R-rating.
He also said, “the world wouldn’t have been able to embrace Baby Yoda, because he kinda didn’t really belong in the world I was envisioning.”
Mangold didn’t go into much more detail than that, but he made it pretty clear that his Boba Fett flick wouldn’t be for the faint of heart, and that it would have leaned more into the character’s nefarious side than the more benevolent take we got with The Book of Boba Fett.
He also confirmed that his project got scrapped after Solo underperformed at the box office.
The Word Jedi May Not Be Used in Dawn of the Jedi
James also went on to say that the word Jedi may not be used in his film that is set 25,000 years prior to The Phantom Menace. He explained that this may be the case because of how far back the movie will be set, which makes sense if the movie is meant to usher in the concept of a Jedi in the first place.
Nick and I will talk more about James Mangold’s interview on next week’s episode of the SWTS, so don’t forget to tune into the Star Wars Time Show on a weekly basis via our podcast platforms or via YouTube if you prefer the livestream angle.