Our latest video from Star Wars Celebration Anaheim is our interview with John “Bespin Boba” Morton.
Learn about John’s two days as Boba Fett on the Cloud City set for the “he’s no good to me dead” scene, including what Jeremy Bulloch told him to do motivate the character.
During our interview with Dickey Beer at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, the Boba Fett stuntman spoke about how long the stunts took to film. He recalled surprise when he saw the film, aware that they filmed more on set than what ended up in the 1983 release.
Thanks to a fan of the Boba Fett Fan Club on Facebook, Quinn Crain, we were reminded of the original storyboards, which also suggested much more was imagined. To our knowledge, these early drafts are hard to find and not all officially published.
Take a look at three photocopies of supposed original storyboards, shared in 2007 by Ross Cuddie (vaccaros) on RebelScum. We re-touched Ross’ photos to have a clearer look at the details.
Page 21: These storyboards suggest a shot of Boba Fett’s point-of-view (POV) flying towards the skiff. That would have been quite a fancy shot! He also is shown here using his jetpack to get around after landing the first time.
Page 24: These storyboards suggest that Boba Fett shoots and hits or even kills Chewbacca! Definitely a game changer right there.
Page 26: These shots show Luke hitting Boba Fett’s right hand clean off! *
Page 29: These storyboards suggest Han firmly hits Fett in the back, sending him flying. As we know, this almost matches up with what ended up in the final film.
* One of these on page 26 is a spot-on match to a storyboard layout that was recently included in Star Wars Storyboards: The Original Trilogy, curated by J.W. Rinzler and published in 2014. If the photocopy versions above are authentic, then this newer one may have been a later draft or simply re-drawn.
What are your thoughts on all of this?
[Updated 5/25: Thanks to a fan who follows our Facebook page, Tom Warman, here’s another storyboard of Boba Fett from “Return of the Jedi.”]
There’s an exclusive Boba Fett poster for Star Wars Weekends 2015, one of several that are free to Disney World’s Annual Passport guests only. While we’ve heard that the posters have been given them away at the end of the day to anyone, we wouldn’t count on it.
There’s a different one each week between 5, which runs May 15 thru June 14; the Boba Fett poster is available this weekend only. You can find them between Toy Story Mania and One Man’s Dream. Look for a sign back in the alley. They also have all five on display.
The artwork is also on billboards around DisneyWorld. Fett hasn’t been on a billboard since circa 2010 when the Los Angeles Dodgers promoted “Star Wars Night” with Boba front and center.
Art director: Matt Stewart
Copywriter: John McCall
Digital rendering: Meduzarts
Here’s a look at one of the other variant billboards:
This new digital artwork isn’t just on posters and billboards. It’s also on a little brochure sized handout that seems to be in some of the Disney shops.
This poster hasn’t been the only Boba Fett highlight of this year’s Star Wars Weekends. They’ve had an exclusive mug, too, which has been selling out fast, although it isn’t limited to just this weekend.
There’s also a Pete as Jango Fett action figure. Interestingly enough, Bad Pete was a Boba Fett action figure in the last line of this series.
Furthermore, there’s a Star Wars Helmets Pin Set that was previewed at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim. It includes a more orange tinted Boba Fett helmet pin. (Jodo Kast, are you finally in the official canon again?) There’s also a Boba Fett Slave I Jumbo Hinge Pin.
We spotted this cosplayer wearing the Pre-Production #1 Boba Fett costume, which sported some unique variations from the Boba Fett look we know and love. Based in Austin, Texas, Boba Joe of Intergalactic Props & Creations, talks about his journey to putting this costume together within just four months, and pays tribute to Boba Fett’s original designer, Joe Johnston.
Back on April 30, Lucasfilm had a “kick off” meeting in Japan for Episode VII, which featured Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy and Episode VII actress Daisy Ridley. In an article published on May 8th at the Japanese language site for Kotaku, Kotaku.jp (whose English language site is a popular video game site), Boba Fett appears to be mentioned in the transcription.
[UPDATE: Gigazine.net, which has hi-res photos of the events and may be Kotaku.jp’s own source, has a Japanese transcript of the Q&A — but “Boba Fett” isn’t mentioned, only “Jar Jar.”]
The quote is in a response attributed to Kathleen Kennedy, regarding a question about the possibility of Boba Fett returning in the upcoming films. Now, the article and its transcription are written by someone by the name “Mercenary Penguin” aka KT_writer25, (who we tried to contact but cannot reach), so we are taking the authenticity of this transcript with a grain of salt. It was recently unearthed a week after the event by Star Wars rumor site, StarWars7News.com, which we learned about via Scified.com.
Here is the literal Japanese in the article:
We started with a rough translation, based in part on Google Translate and Microsoft/Bing Translate, which we’ve isolated to just the part about Boba Fett here:
Q: “Does Jar Jar come back or will Boba Fett come back?”
A: “Don’t worry. Boba Fett is a high priority on our list. Please wait.”
We know by auto-translating we’re losing context and accuracy so we found a Japanese speaker from our followers on Twitter. (Thank you Martin Nicholson!) Here’s his translation:
A: “Jar Jar Binks isn’t being brought back but Boba Fett is; hence, Boba Fett is more important than Jar Jar Binks.”
Assuming this Japanese quote is a correct transcription, this quote is the first official, quotable mention of Boba Fett regarding any forthcoming saga or anthology film. That said, the mention alone is not a confirmation that Boba Fett is in, or the subject of any, saga or anthology film.
We would also love if any other sources are available, like video from the Q&A, to further verify that the transcription is authentic and not “clickbait.” Even with the word “confirmation” being thrown around so often nowadays, including most recently by TheWrap (in which we had issues), we’re all about fact-checking and uncovering information with integrity.
We had the joy at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim of sitting down to chat with Dickey Beer, who is credited with some of Boba Fett’s stunts in “Return of the Jedi.”
Learn more about his experience as multiple stunt doubles and the real challenge of falling into the Sarlacc pit. (Other Boba Fett stunts in “Jedi” were done by Glenn Randall Jr. and Bob Yerkes.)
Ian Doescher, author of the Shakespeare Star Wars books, took to Twitter today for a series of Star Wars themed tweets. One of his ground rules: “two lines of rhyming iambic pentameter for each couplet!”
Here are all of the Fett ones!
Jango Fett to Boba Fett:
“Thou shalt grow stronger still, my son, my pet,
And earn the honor due to one nam’d Fett.” (Permalink)
Boba Fett to Jango Fett:
“Good father, how I love thy villainy,
Thou art so bad, which is so good to me.” (Permalink)
Jango Fett to his clones:
“Excel in virtue ye do mightily:
Perfection, insofar as thou art me.” (Permalink)
Clones to Jango Fett:
“Enduring thanks to thee, our prototype:
We’ll match thy frightful strength–aye, stripe for stripe.” (Permalink)
Boba Fett to disintegrations:
“Though Vader thinks on thee and sayeth ‘Nay,’
Thou dost remain my favor’d method, yea.” (Permalink)
Boba Fett to every woman everywhere:
“Let your minds wonder at this fact profound:
There’s plenty Boba Fett to go around.” (Permalink)
Which one was your favorite?
We’ve loved Doug Cowan’s Boba Fett work since we first spotted the ultra-wide, canted-angle illustration for Star Wars Celebration V. Now at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, he showed off a new Boba Fett portrait. Learn more about what he loved about Boba Fett, his process for his two works of art, and what’s on deck for some possible future paintings.
We first met Grant Gould at Star Wars Celebration IV by seeing his Han Solo / Boba Fett postcard and have been fans of his work ever since. Learn more about his postcard giveaway, how he enjoys the popularity of Boba Fett, and see one of his Star Wars Celebration Anaheim exclusive sketches.
Part of the Adidas Originals line called “mi ZX FLUX” has a choose-your-own-design feature, along with several pre-made Boba Fett designs.
Ordering these shoes is a little tricky. You need to download a particular Adidas app, mi ZX Flux Photo Print, available on iOS and Android. Note that reviews for the iOS app are quite negative, noting how the checkout process is buggy.
When you open the app, the default feature is to take a photo of whatever you want in front of you for your shoes. There’s a menu choice to pull up pre-made designs, either in a “Star Wars” folder or an “Adidas” folder. If you scroll through the Star Wars artwork, you’ll find all of the following Boba Fett artwork available to have on your shoes.
The fine print in the effort also notes the following: “The mi ZX FLUX product is currently only available in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States and Japan.”