Here’s another recap of the latest from the rumor mill. Take one movie blog called Schmoes Know. Add one anonymous and seemingly random informant. Mix with thousands of followers on social media to re-tweet and re-post. And, without a doubt, you’ll have a boatload of hits for your website’s advertisers — and enjoy the buzz when picked up by Nerdist, Indie Wire, Screen Rant, MovieWeb, Comic Universe, et cetera…
Now, we love discussing rumors but we won’t pretend they are facts until we have confirmation. We here at the Boba Fett Fan Club — established online in 1996 — believe in journalistic integrity and point out facts from fiction. When we broke news of the cinematographer who is shooting Episode 7, we informed many other websites (not one like their alleged informant), we stood by our headline 100%, and we provided a whole lot of follow-up facts to our article. It’s unclear why there are so many rumors lately that skip over this key part of quality journalism: the definition of the word confirmation.
The site in question’s “hot scoop” addresses most of the well-known confirmations and rumors (which we independently document at the bottom of this article). But this blog buries their own informant’s actual information amid their own theories, such as the story may follow novels from the 1990’s, “Tales of the Bounty Hunters,” specifically the short story “The Last One Standing” written by Daniel Keys Moran. Now, we’ve done this (see here, here, here, here, and here), but clearly under the framework of theories and ideas.
Along with their headline ending in literally the punctuation “??!!,” this tells us there’s less credibility for this rumor, even though it follows up two rumors we heard in January 2014. Maybe they’re spot-on and this is accurate, but we’re not convinced by their reportage. There also isn’t anything new in the article, but just touting that they believe (via an unnamed informant) that Kasdan is indeed the writer of the still rumored, stand-alone Boba Fett film.
Kasdan, who penned both “Empire” and replaced the initial writer for Star Wars Episode 7, was first mentioned twice by separate places back in January 2014 — and nothing has come up since then. First, it was a director mentioning him on a webcast that he knew “for certain” that Kasdan was writing a script. Then, another site said they knew what the script was about: revising the whole Episode 2 storyline and pushing a “Western” themed storyline. Here in this latest “scoop,” there’s no new information at all — it’s literally an affirmation piece, although void of any authoritative or tangible evidence.
Still to this day, there is still zero official confirmation of a Boba Fett film.
To see how this news fits into the larger picture, follow the trail at our Fett Fact Check: Spin-Off Film one pager.