News: Logan Director James Mangold Tapped To Helm Boba Fett Movie

If there's one character that die hard Star Wars fans have been clamoring for it's a Boba Fett film. Now it is officially happening, as Walt Disney Studios and Lucasfilm have enlisted Academy Award-nominated director James Mangold to write and direct a Boba Fett standalone film. It will be the latest entry in their continuing Star Wars anthology series. 

Mangold's credits include The Wolverine, Logan, Walk The Line, Knight and Day, 3:10 to Yuma, Kate & Leopold, Girl, Interrupted, and Cop Land. He is currently working on a Ford vs. Ferrari drama for 20th Century Fox, which will feature Matt Damon and Christian Bale.

The studios are simultaneously developing films based on a number of characters, including Obi-Wan Kenobi. The Obi-Wan Kenobi spin-off film has yet to be officially announced, but pre-production of the film is well under way and the studio is eyeing to begin shooting in January of 2019 with a December 2020 release date. 

Reported by Fantha Tracks, the movie had been rumored for some time, but has never been officially announced. Director Stephen Daldry and a writing team are said to have been working on the project since late last year. 

Fantha Tracks source has said that they have seen documents that confirm the following: 

"The project is sufficiently along that an art department is now in full pre-production mode at Pinewood Studios, England with ancillary work being carried out at Industrial Light & Magic in London. A number of concept artists, prop modellers, and storyboard artists are working as a team across the two locations on the film, with the group growing in numbers every month. 

Contracts have also been extended to a number of crew who have worked on various Star Wars films produced at Pinewood under the Disney era, to join the production when their work on Episode IX ends. This will see the Obi-Wan crew grow gradually over the remainder of the year but primarily from October on wards. 

Pre-production will continue at Pinewood whilst Episode IX shoots from this summer through the end of the year, at which point production of the Obi-Wan movie has been scheduled to move onto stages in mid January 2019 with the main shoot to begin in April of 2019. 

The project is being developed under the corporate name of PLT Productions (UK) Ltd. 

The scheduled release date is December 2020."

No casting rumors of information were contained in the documents that were reportedly seen.