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‘Star Wars’ almost had a Boba Fett movie. Here’s why the director quit

Boba Fett hasn’t been seen since ‘Return of the Jedi’

A fan dressed as Boba Fett walks around the Vivint Smart Home Arena during a Salt Lake Comic Con event in Salt Lake City, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016.
A fan dressed as Boba Fett walks around the Vivint Smart Home Arena during a Salt Lake Comic Con event in Salt Lake City, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016.
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Director Josh Trank was once on tap to direct a “Star Wars” spinoff film about Boba Fett. He ended up quitting instead.

Trank told Polygon in a recent interview that he was offered a “Star Wars” movie. He started thinking it through and landed on a story about Boba Fett movie.

Hart, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, and Disney Chairman Alan Horn all loved the idea. Lucasfilm announced Trank’s involvement with “Star Wars” the following year.

As IGN reports, Kennedy praised Trank in a public statement.

Kennedy said: “He is such an incredible talent and has a great imagination and sense of innovation. That makes him perfectly suited to ‘Star Wars.’”

But Trank’s other film, “Fantastic Four,” crashed and burned at the box office.

So Trank and Kennedy agreed to cancel his appearance at Star Wars Celebration in 2015, where he planned to release information about the film, according to IGN.

Trank said: “I quit because I knew I was going to be fired if I didn’t quit.”

Since that time, “Star Wars” has seen a number of different directors move in and out of projects. For example, “Game of Thrones” showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss left the trilogy of “Star Wars“ films. Similarly, Colin Trevorrow bounced from “Episode IX” as well. His rumored script leaked months later.