UPDATE! George Lucas, Jonathan Rinzler: Boba Fett Lives!
Today’s a good day for any Star Wars fan that was worried about the new Expanded Universe, because a fan-favorite character is going to come crawling out of the underworld to kick ass once more…
Boba Fett had been appeared in post-Original Trilogy works since 1991’s Dark Empire (indeed, the revival of the character is almost universally considered to be the best thing about the comic to this day), but this resurrection seemingly was not to be once Disney decided that they were going to reboot the Expanded Universe. Those who worried that Disney wouldn’t retcon the iconic background baddie’s undignified death in Return Of The Jedi, fret not: according to
the Lucasfilm Story Group’s Lucas Licensing’s Johnathan Rinzler (rather, George Lucas himself being paraphrased by Rinzler), Fett made his way out of the Sarlacc pit after all.
Yesterday, Jonathan Rinzler of
the Lucasfilm Story Group Lucas Licensing held an “Ask Me Anything” thread on Reddit, which works just as it sounds – curious users ask the host questions for a few hours on end, and he or she answers the best and most interesting ones. (For anyone else who’s curious, the link to the entire AMA Thread can be found here.) Of course, avid fans of the famous mercenary were quick to ask questions about what Rinzler personally thought happened to the character (as opposed to his “death”, which was apparently canon now that Disney wiped the slate clean), but instead of getting a simple personal opinion, Rinzler straight-up confirmed a fact that many fans were hoping for: Boba Fett survived his accidental defeat by a blinded man at the Great Pit of Carkoon!
blackbetha: Jonathan, In your mind, does Boba Fett Escape the Sarlacc Pit?
Rinzler: Yes, he does. I have been in meetings with George where he confirms that Fett survived. If it comes from George then it’s true!
There you have it, folks – the head honcho of the Star Wars franchise has said that everyone’s favorite
Mandalorian Bounty Hunter got to live to fight another day, meaning that we’ll no doubt be in for some interesting stories involving the character. The possibility of him getting a spin-off movie just got that much more likely! Here are a couple of sincere words you don’t see on the internet every day: thanks, George Lucas!
It looks like we made a little mistake here – Jonathan Rinzler isn’t a part of Lucasfilm Story Group, but he is a part of Lucas Licensing (all instances where we made that mistake have since been corrected). Nonetheless, Lucas Licensing still plays a big part in the future of the franchise, and the word of George Lucas is basically the most reliable source when it comes to canon. In short, nothing has been invalidated, but we needed to make that little correction.
Grant has been a fan of Star Wars for as long as he can remember, having seen every movie on the big screen. When he’s not hard at work with his college studies, he keeps himself busy by reporting on all kinds of Star Wars news for SWNN and general movie news on the sister site, Movie News Net. He served as a frequent commentator on SWNN’s The Resistance Broadcast.