The Official Star Wars website released a press announcement at 4pm PST today that names the director and writer for the first spin-off Star Wars film, due out after Episode 7.
The announcement does not name a subject matter. Still to this day, there is still zero official confirmation of a Boba Fett film.
Here is our own recap of what Boba Fett-specific <span style=background:green; color:#fff;]confirmations</span> and rumors have come at what time and from where:
February 5, 2013:<br/>Less than a week after announcing Episode 7, the official Star Wars website <span style=background:green; color:#fff;]confirmed</span> there will be two spin-off films. No mention of Boba Fett. Here is their announcement.
February 6, 2013:<br/>In an Entertainment Weekly post by senior writer Anthony Breznican -- headlined as an exclusive -- the article confidently opened about learning that one spin-off film is about Boba Fett. We reported this in Boba Fett Feature Film Update. Later in the same article, they postulate if these films will happen. No follow-up information was given to further confirm that Entertainment Weekly had a legitimate exclusive scoop.
September 12, 2013:<br/>Variety reports that Disney CFO Jay Rasul <span style=background:green; color:#fff;]confirmed</span> on an investor conference call that we'll see origin stories in these spin-off films. We reported this in Would Boba Fett’s Origin Story Make a Great Feature Film? No mention of Boba Fett.
September 16, 2013:<br/>Nuke The Fridge posted that the origin films would be about Han Solo and Boba Fett. But they cited a February 2013 article on MovieWeb, which was also missing any evidence. We reported this in Origin Fett Film Still Not Confirmed, Despite 'Nuke' Post. Nuke The Fridge later retracted on their use of the word confirmed.
January 2, 2014:<br/>Filmmaker Jon Schnepp spoke during a marathon YouTube event that Lawrence Kasdan is for a fact writing a Boba Fett spin-off film. We reported this in AMC Movie Talk Guest Jon Schnepp 'Knows For a Fact' Boba Fett Spin-Off Is Happening. Despite multiple follow-ups for more information, Jon Schnepp did not get back to us.
January 16, 2014:<br/>An unnamed informant tells Latino Review that not only is Joe Johnston on the top of the list to direct a Boba Fett spin-off film, but Lawrence Kasdan has a script idea, which would veto the whole Episode 2 storyline. We reported this in Joe Johnston 'Tops' List To Direct and Lawrence Kasdan’s Western 'Pitch' for Boba Fett 2018 Film, says Latino Review. No follow-up was provided by Latino Review.
April 24, 2014:<br/>An unnamed informant tells Jedi News UK that during a Disney-hosted executive breakfast that a Boba Fett spin-off film was mentioned. No photos, no names, and no direct quotes were provided. We reported this in Disney May Not Make Rumored Boba Fett Spin-Off Film Because He’s No Hero. No follow-up was provided by JediNews. The story seemed unusual since Maleficent, a Disney movie about a villain, is all over billboards / commercials at this time.
May 6, 2014<br/>Disney CEO Bob Iger <span style=background:green; color:#fff;]confirmed</span> on an investor conference call that at least three spin-off films are being targeted by 2020. In other words, we're to expect one saga film (e.g. Episode 7), then one off-saga film (e.g. spin-off) every year. No further details were mentioned. The audio of this call is saved online.
May 15, 2014<br/>German fan site receives a tip from an unnamed informant, suggesting a training event at Hasbro has revealed the subjects of all the upcoming Star Wars films. We reported this in Rumored Boba Fett Spin-Off Film Reportedly Name-Dropped at Hasbro Training Event. While the rumor spread like wildfire, only some sites receive notice from Hasbro PR to take down the news, although it's unclear why (e.g. misinformation or just negative press).
May 22, 2014<br/>See the top of this article for the latest <span style=background:green; color:#fff;]confirmed</span> news.
What do you think of this latest confirmation?