Fettish

Star Wars Celebration V (commemorating thirty years of The Empire Strikes Back) was held in Orlando last weekend and guess whose “face” graces the homepage of starwars.com, concerning the event? (Hint: his name rhymes with Zoba Zett).

At the Celebration, they released for the first time (and to wild ovations) a 50 second scene that, in my opinion, was wisely cut from the opening of The Return of the Jedi.

Also, a woman was “married” to an inanimate object by a guy with horns.

(photo from starwars.com)

Boba appears on the homepage because The Empire Strikes Back was his big screen debut. But many don’t know that, before Empire, he first appeared on the small screen in a cartoon segment from the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special. Due to its embarrassing nature, the not-so-special Special was immediately locked away in the vaults after it aired, but is now available in its entirety on youtube.

If you’ve always dreamed of seeing Boba Fett brandishing a giant tuning fork whilst riding on the back of a plesiosaur, I’m happy to tell you that your search is over. Look no further!

- Josh

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Flash Gordon vs. Han Solo


George Lucas originally wanted to film a Flash Gordon remake, but he couldn’t get the rights to the series. So, he took what he loved about Flash Gordon—along with bits and pieces from his other favorite films—and made his own movie. You may have heard of it. It’s called Star Wars.

We’ve never been the same since.

If George Lucas were a young filmmaker fresh out of film school today, would he be tempted to remake Star Wars as he had once been tempted with Flash Gordon? Just as our universe expands at an exponential rate, so has the Star Wars universe, which now includes the Holiday Special, the Ewok Adventures, the Special Editions, the prequel trilogy, the Clone Wars cartoons, the Family Guy and Robot Chicken spoofs, the upcoming live-action Star Wars television show, and half an aisle of fan fiction at your local Books-A-Million.

There isn’t anything wrong with adaptations, spin-offs, sequels, and remakes. After all, Boba Fett: the Movie is an adaptation, and, when it comes down to it, every work of art is adapted from something else. But a good adaptation doesn’t copy. A good adaptation makes something completely new out of the source text. To use Star Wars-speak, a good adaptation has a bright center to its universe, but it also tries to break through the Outer Rim and become its own.

It might very well be the difference between Flash Gordon and Han Solo. Think about how exciting that is for a writer!

You could write the next Star Wars movie.

Or you could write the next Star Wars.

If you did the latter, we might never be the same again.

- Josh

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Haven’t You Guys Heard About Fanboys?

The above question is a typical response people give me when I tell them about Boba Fett: The Movie. They think the title sounds fun, but when I tell them that the film is about nerds growing up, they assume that our idea may be good, but it’s just too late because we were beaten to the punch by Fanboys.

We were already well into our first draft when I learned of Fanboys, so I watched it with some reluctance, but upon viewing it I was relieved…because while the movie may seem to boast a similar premise, it has very different goals.

The film begins with a Star Wars-type scroll that sets up the story: though Star Wars fans have had to endure years without a new film, the long awaited prequel is on the horizon, and it promises to be a catalyst to reunite four old high school friends who have drifted apart. The scroll tells us something else, though, about the film’s goals by including a few throwaway jokes like the tag at the end of the scroll that reads, “Sent From my iphone.”

After panning down from the scroll and the stars beyond, the camera turns its attention to a house, but it’s not the visual that matters at this point, it is the soundtrack: Cumbawumba’s Tubthumping.

Though the filmmakers have already lightened the mood a bit with the aforementioned jokes, this song choice is such a tonal shift it is difficult to put it into words. While the filmmakers justify this juxtaposition with the revelation that the song is the soundtrack of the house party we are about to join, this choice (along with the crude jokes and frivolous banter that follow) reveals something about the scope of the film: this is not a film about Star Wars fanboys in general, but about a particular species of fanboy – upper middle class Caucasian party-going males who came of age in the nineties.

This straitjackets the film’s appeal, because while Star Wars boasts a fan base so sprawling it may well be considered the hub of pop nerd-dom, this film only addresses the tiniest microcosm of this vast ecosystem.

So while the title Fanboys sounds universal in its appeal, the filmmakers are not trying to make a film that speaks for the entire citizenry of Star Wars fans.  In addition, as the jokes contained in the scroll suggest, the film finds just as much influence, if not more, from cinema’s history of spoof films as it does from Star Wars. Fanboys is about Star Wars fans, to be sure, but at its heart, it is a lampoon film.

With Boba Fett: The Movie, we are seeking to make a film that not only takes its thematic and stylistic cues from the source material (Star Wars), but also resonates with fan culture on a broader level. We hope to capture and preserve the wonder we all felt the first time we saw those rolling credits.

-Ford

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Boba Fett is…

the original Notorious

the original Iron Man

a tool

a villain

the best dressed man in the galaxy

Wesley to Vader’s Buttercup

too cool for Jedi Academy

mysterious

overrated

not Australian

not a clone

DEFINITELY not digesting in the Sarlacc

a movie waiting to happen.

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