Rebels Executive Producer Simon Kinberg Still Writing A Star Wars Movie

A long time ago, Simon Kinberg was attached to write a Star Wars spin-off – which we believe to be the Boba Fett movie that Josh Trank was planned to direct – before it was pushed back for a later date, and Solo took its place in Lucasfilm’s development order. Tucked away in a Deadline article about Kinberg and Warner Brothers moving forward on a long-gestating remake of Logan’s Run is confirmation that he’s still writing a Star Wars spin-off after completing work on Star Wars Rebels.


A week before The Last Jedi was released, Omega-Underground mentioned something about the project known as Tin Can resumed development at Lucasfilm with Simon Kinberg involved as a writer and producer. Insiders have suggested that Tin Can refers to the Boba Fett/Bounty Hunters project, which Kinberg would have also collaborated with writer and producer Lawrence Kasdan. It was confirmed by Entertainment Weekly to have been director Josh Trank’s planned movie; like Rogue One, a proof-of-concept sizzle reel had even been prepared by Lucasfilm at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim 2015. However, rumors indicate that the reason it wasn’t shown then and there – and why Trank, whose presence was previously advertised ahead of the event, was a no-show – was because Trank and Kinberg did not get along on the set of Fant4stic at all.


Production on that film was said to be an incredibly hostile experience for nearly everyone involved, and Kinberg was later said to have confronted Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy with an ultimatum: either Trank would have to go – in spite of his earlier suggestion that Trank could handle a Star Wars spin-off – or he would. Kinberg ultimately got his way, given his involvement with major Star Wars projects like Star Wars RebelsStar Wars: The Force Awakens, and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Trank announced that he’d be leaving Tin Can for “creative differences” shortly after Celebration (although “fired” seems to be the more accurate term to use here). And thus, the project was placed in Carbonite – but to bring this back to Omega-Underground, their report stated that Kinberg would resume work on Tin Can nearly 3 years after the project halted development.


Now, Deadline – one of the big trade websites – is indicating that this is true with the following line at the end of their article:

[Kinberg] is currently writing a forthcoming Star Wars movie, having been responsible for creating animated series Star Wars Rebels.


It’s not clear if Kasdan is still involved with the project at this point. Given that the working title Tin Can still seems to be used, we can rule out the possibility that Kinberg is working with Rian Johnson or D&D (the Game of Thrones showrunners), and if they’re still using the Tin Can codename, then we can definitely say that he’s not doing the script to the rumored Obi-Wan film. We can also rule out the possibility that Kinberg might direct the movie, as his aforementioned involvement with Logan’s Run means that he’ll be busy working on that while this project presumably enters production. All that can be said for now is that the Boba Fett movie is rising from the metaphorical Sarlaac – something that will hopefully happen in a canon story one day.



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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.

Grant Davis (Pomojema)

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.

24 thoughts on “Rebels Executive Producer Simon Kinberg Still Writing A Star Wars Movie

  • March 4, 2018 at 7:46 pm

    Who’s to say “Tin Can” doesn’t refer to an Obi Wan Kenobi movie? It’s not like “Space Bear” had anything to do with Episode VIII.

    • March 4, 2018 at 8:29 pm

      Can Kinberg write a great western? I don’t think he can. So hopefully he isn’t involved with Kenobi.

      • March 5, 2018 at 6:17 pm

        Kinberg produced Logan, and that was a great contemporary western, so maybe he can pull off a Kenobi movie.

    • March 4, 2018 at 11:09 pm

      A fair point, but it was called “Tin Can” back in 2015, before an Obi-Wan movie was ever confirmed. It’s almost certainly the same project.

      – Pomojema

      • March 5, 2018 at 2:56 pm

        An Obi-Wan movie is still not “confirmed”

    • March 4, 2018 at 11:11 pm

      You’re right, but there’s a greater chance it refers to Boba Fett – the name is a dead giveaway. Far less likely that it’s Obi Wan.

    • March 5, 2018 at 10:51 pm

      Personally, given the ‘tin can’ production moniker, I’m hoping for an R5-D4 origin movie which ends with him taking motivator damage which seals his fate in later life…

  • March 4, 2018 at 8:48 pm

    Maybe we will never know what “Red Five” was going to be

    • March 4, 2018 at 11:10 pm

      Rogue One, if you’re going by the Hasbro dates from 2014.

      I’d absolutely love for them to do Top Gun IN SPAAAAACE! if that’s ever a pitch.

      – Pomojema

      • March 4, 2018 at 11:12 pm

        That should be the official pitch for the movie. Top Gun in space

  • March 4, 2018 at 10:43 pm

    When Boba Fett gets out of the Sarlacc, he can ride a bantha to the nearest town.

  • March 4, 2018 at 11:13 pm

    If Boba is in Solo then that’s enough for me. Unless it’s a really cool concept I’d much prefer to see an Obi Wan movie. Fans want it.

  • March 5, 2018 at 2:31 am

    Absolute ZERO desire to see a Fett movie.

  • March 5, 2018 at 2:33 am

    These are my concerns in regards to a ‘Tin Can’ movie. Please help me feel better.

    1. How do you make a movie about a mostly silent character—hidden behind a mask?
    2. How do you make a movie about a ‘bad guy’ without turning him into a hero?
    3. How do you reconcile the fact that Boba Fett’s main appeal was his mystique and that was mostly ruined in the PT?

    • March 5, 2018 at 3:32 pm

      Fett has now a voice a past and certain motivation. It’s unclear when the Fett story takes place. Shortly after the Clone Wars or after Return of the Jedi? I think the appeal most SW characters have is that you want to know more about them, were do they come from, what do they look like and how did they reach this point in live. Fett’s appeal has always been the suit, the fact that he could stand next to Vader, fearlessly.

      • March 6, 2018 at 9:10 am

        Yes exactly. His suit is the appeal—faceless, silent, etc. They even added spurs sounds to his foot steps to make him like an old western gunslinger that comes to town. Lucas undermined a lot of the mystique for me in the prequels. I would prefer not to know what he was like as a child, etc… Now if someone else got the suit somehow—maybe it’s like a dread pirate Roberts thing where the legend is bigger than the individual and lives on through multiple people…it could become interesting again.

  • March 5, 2018 at 9:38 am

    He also wrote X-Men: Days of Future Past and some really good episodes of Star Wars Rebels. Plus, Lawrence Kasdan co-wrote the script. If there are issues, then I’m sure they’ll overhaul them.

    – Pomojema

  • March 5, 2018 at 10:29 am

    I really hope this is true and that ‘Tin Can’ refers to an Obi Wan or Fett/Bounty Hunter movie. Preferably an Obi Wan movie first…..but how fortunate, as Star Wars fans, are we that there could potentially be 2 movies relating to characters that we (mostly) would love to see. Imagine seeing that article in the 90’s?! (Mindgasm)
    LF will be wanting to give SW fans a movie that will be as affective as a stand alone movie as R1, especially if Solo creates another major divide. That said I don’t think it matters who directs them based on previous work, opinions will always be stated and so they (constructively) should………not everyone liked ewoks, space politics, Luke’s ‘death’, Snokes ‘death’/death, Alden Solo, etc, etc, etc. As a whole SW is f****n’ awesome if you’re reading these comments you’re a fan of these wonderful movies, opinions aside.
    I think a fan favourite movie is just what the medical droid ordered!!

  • March 5, 2018 at 5:40 pm

    We need a Jek Porkins spin off.

    • March 6, 2018 at 5:16 am

      Porkins: A Star Wars Meme

  • March 5, 2018 at 5:43 pm

    Who needs a Boba Fett standalone movie. There are so many other cool characters that could be explored. Yoda, Mace Windu, Palpatine, Qui Gon, Plagueis, Bane. They should move away from OT characters and delve into the prequel period or what comes before that.

  • March 6, 2018 at 1:23 am

    I wonder if there have been any discussions at all about a movie (or series of movies) that take place in the Old Republic before the events of the PT, but after the events of KOTOR.

    Personally, I think that would be a really interesting setting. The Jedi Order in its hey day, without the constraints of having already established characters. Sure you could have a young Yoda in there, but he wouldn’t be the main focus. All new characters, facing an all new type of villain, that wouldn’t have to be a Sith. Maybe a schism in the Jedi order due to trade route taxation’s (kidding).

    I don’t know. I’m vomiting my thoughts right now, but I think it would be cool to see an era that isn’t jnfluenced in some way by the Skywalker family. Heck maybe at the end of it whoever the main character is could be the guy or girl who prophesied the “Chosen one” for a little extra fan service.

  • March 6, 2018 at 2:13 am

    Writes fantastic 4,x-men apocalypse, still gets to write Star Wars. In Hollywood, you fail upwards.

  • March 6, 2018 at 5:15 am

    Yes!!! Bounty hunter wars novel series made into film please!!!

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