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Jon Favreau on How The Book of Boba Fett Was Inspired by The Godfather

Discussion in 'SWNN News Feed' started by SWNN Probe, May 18, 2022.

  1. SWNN Probe

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    A new segment from Vanity Fair's June cover story, focused on the future of Star Wars television, has come out. In it, instead of looking into the future, Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni look back at how they approached The Book of Boba Fett. The series, which wrapped in February, was widely criticized for making Boba Fett, a classic Star Wars villain, a hero.

    Since the trailer for the series was released in early November, we were told to expect a Godfather-esque story, with Boba Fett being the new Don Corleone. Speaking to Vanity Fair, Favreau explained that this was indeed their approach, though there is nuance to it. While audiences might have been expecting a ruthless mafia boss, Favreau wanted to depict Boba Fett as a leader trying to remain peaceful in a time of war. He said:

    And this is something that applies to Marlon Brando's Vito Corleone, and also to Robert DeNiro's Vito, as Favreau continued to explain:


    Robert Rodriguez's approach to the character, however, was more inspired by another iconic character from the 20th Century, Conan the Barbarian. This is according to Favreau, who said:

    Ever since the release of the Boba Fett action figure, months before the release of The Empire Strikes Back, many fans have been coming up with their own version of the legend of Boba Fett. Most were then disappointed when the character was unceremoniously killed off at the beginning of Return of the Jedi, as Favreau said:

    Not Dave Filoni, though. According to him, it was time for Boba to go, as Return of the Jedi wasn't about him:

    At this point, it's unclear what the plans are for the future of the character. The show might be renewed for a second season, or both he and Ming-Na Wen's Fennec Shand might simply have recurring roles in The Mandalorian. We might find out more about it next week during Star Wars Celebration.

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  2. Darth Derringer

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    I'm not sure that's a fair depiction. Boba Fett was the featured character in the series but I wouldn't call being a crime boss a hero. Yeah, he was certainly more benevolent than Jabba the Hutt, but he was still a crime boss.
    I think one of the reasons why the first four episodes of the series didn't resonate a 'Don Corleone' feeling as strongly as Favreau might have originally envisioned is that it required a director and a lead actor skilled in providing a 'nuanced' approach -- and frankly that's not a strength of either Robert Rodriguez or Temuera Morrison.
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