Dave Filoni already stated Star Wars Rebels will be heavily influenced by the conceptual artwork by Ralph McQuarrie. What this means for the look of the show became realized at Celebration Europe II, when Filoni gave fans a first look at early designs of the ships and characters in the show.
The time period between Episode III and IV has not been touched – in television or film, that is, we’ll disregard The Force Unleashed franchise for the time being. It’s obvious from these early images, the colors and style of Rebels will truly characterize this era as its own.
During Filoni’s panel, he showcased artwork by McQuarrie in companion with images of Rebels. Whether the landscape of Tatooine, Mos Eisley or Imperial spacecraft – there’s no denying they’ve captured the style of McQuarrie – when comparing this pictures to images of the Ghost – the protagonist’s flagship in the upcoming series.
It’s interesting to note the first major revelation of Rebels is about the Ghost. Could this hint the producers and writers are treating ships as characters, themselves? This is an ongoing tradition in Star Wars – the Millennium Falcon and Slave I has become just as much characters as Han Solo and Boba Fett.
If a strong focus is going to be placed on ships, then it provides a natural opportunity to bring back Boba Fett. One of the major loose ends from The Clone Wars, was how he reclaimed Slave I – an important bridge in the story if this series leads up to the Original Trilogy.
Depending on how much they include bounty hunters into the story, it would be interesting to see how they choose to characterize Slave I and other ships, like Hounds Tooth, for instance, in the story. If the majority of the episodes happen on ships, rather than planets, then we’ll receive more in-depth understanding of Slave I through the show.
If they use personification with the ships on the show – attaching human characteristics to the vehicles – how would you like to see Slave I fleshed out? What type of “personality” should they assign to Slave I?
In the films, they treated Slave I more as an extension of Boba Fett, but if they create a human-like relationship between the two – like we see between the Falcon and Solo – how would you like to see that play out or develop?
If you haven’t read John Morton’s reflection piece at the Official Star Wars Blog, I highly suggest carving out some time to do so. Many fans are familiar with Morton as the Rebel pilot, Dak, but fans of the Fett also recognize him as one of the few individuals to strap into the Mandalorian armor in the Original Trilogy.
Morton stood in for Jeremy Bulloch for several scenes in Empire Strikes Back, actually completing two days of filming for several scenes in Cloud City. If you recall the film, one of his scenes is well remembered, Boba Fett staring down Darth Vader in the corridors of Bespin – Lando and Lobot nervously standing in rear.
He recalls his first time being asked for an autograph as Boba Fett, at a convention in 1997. Morton said he was apprehensive and instructed the young boy, to first gain Bulloch’s permission. He continues that Bulloch has passed along his blessing, and has always been gracious with sharing the spotlight – Morton eventually came to think of himself as “Bespin Boba” when asked for his signature.
This past Celebration Europe was the first time Lucasfilm brought all the Boba Fett performers on stage, to honor their contribution in a collaborative effort, no matter how small or large, to create a presentation of Boba Fett that not only appears uniform – but has resonated with fans for over 30 years.
While Morton wasn’t “featured” as Boba Fett until this past year, we hope he realizes, us fans, especially Fett-natics, have always held a special place in our hearts for John “Dak” Morton. In Karen Traviss’ Republic Commando novels, Spar looks for a clone he can pass off as a Fett heir.
Spar understands that the Fett name is more than one specific individual, but what the name correlates with – honor, respect and everything else Mandalorians value and enemies fear. In that same vain, the entity that is Boba Fett is beyond who the first to play the character was – but whether or not they brought the spirit of the character to the screen – even if it were but just during two days of filming.
Check out John Morton’s post by clicking here, it’s a great read.
Jeremy Bulloch strapped into his Mandalorian armor on multiple occasions last week, as he joined JediNews.com staff for Caravan of the Force – a tour leading up to Celebration Europe II benfiting Make-A-Wish Foundation. Bulloch even appeared on stage of Celebration’s Boba Fett reunion panel, alongside Daniel Logan, John Morton and Dickey Beer.
When the panel was announced last year, I was hoping for a Boba Fett-oriented reveal. There were no news items shared, although there was a surprise appearance by Temuera Morrison, who participated in a re-creation of an Attack of the Clones scene with Logan.
The performers shared nostalgic memories of their experiences portraying Boba Fett, ranging from Bulloch being a proponent of Boba Fett surviving the Sarlacc, to Logan’s audition for the prequel films and Morton’s memory of receiving direction when standing in during Empire.
Even though there were no project announcements, I believe Lucasfilm officials held this panel to gauge the attendance and reactions from fans.
Everytime you turn around, Funko has a new wave of POP! Vinyl hitting store shelves. It’s no wonder, the company is releasing more than 50 exclusives over the next year, including a Boba Fett variant, painted to resemble his appearance in the animated Droids animated series. This is a repaint of its earlier Boba Fett bobble-head and is limited to just 300 pieces. It’s available for $15 during Celebration Europe later this month in Germany.
JediNews.com announced plans for its Caravan of the Force, a two vehicle convoy, which will travel through Europe prior to Celebration Europe – raising money for Make-A-Wish Foundation. One of the persons joining the caravan is none other than Jeremy Bulloch, who will be joined by his wife, Maureen. Bulloch will be signing autographs at their stop to a local Toys ‘R’ Us in Brent Cross, London. Starting at 7:30 p.m., Bulloch will autograph a special Black Series backing card. For information, visit www.justgiving.com/caravan-of-the-force.
With only a few weeks till thousands pour into Essen, Germany for Celebration Europe – we’ve received a peek at the official event’s merchandise, some of which features our favorite Mandalorian. Items include a Boba Fett hoodie, and a very sharp looking messenger bag.
More exclusives announced for Celebration Europe II! The company, Mint in Box, will have available a bounty hunter card set, featuring six designs including Boba Fett, Bossk, IG-88, Dengar and others.
The cards will be available all three days of the show in Hall 5 of Messe Essen. They’re limited to 1,000 copies. The images are breathtaking and illustrated by Sebastien Lasnon. An even more limited number of matching box will be available as well.
For more information, visit Mint in Box. You may need a translator
Fans who are lucky enough to attend Celebration Europe II, will also receive an opportunity to view an exclusive screening of Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones in 3D.
Plans to release this to a wide audience were “postponed” last year after the purchase of Lucasfilm by Disney – due to channeling all resources into the development of Episode VII – but it’s also assumed the decision was an effort to separate itself from the prequel era.
The screenings will be July 26-28 in Essen, Germany. Many of us would love the chance to see the Slave I blasting off the screen. Tickets are a little pricey if you compare them to regular cinematic trips – but they include a 19 percent tax and 10 percent facility charge.
Interesting enough, they are also offering media passes. Does this mean AOTC 3D may actually be released for wider audiences in the future or does this hint at a 3D Blu-ray release? Why else would they seek reviews?
You can purchase tickets at www.starwarscelebration.eu/Buy-Tickets
Lucasfilm officials announced yesterday four of the men who’ve portrayed Boba Fett on-screen will attend Star Wars Celebration Europe this July in Messe Essen, Germany.
This will include Daniel Logan, Jeremy Bulloch, Dickey Beer and John Morton. The latter two performers worked as stunt men during the filming of Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.
Rumors of a Boba Fett spin-off circulate the web, and actors like Jeremy Bulloch, Daniel Logan and Temuera Morrison have been making more public appearances and giving more interviews.
Could this be a slow build up to a major announcement about a Boba Fett project? If it were, is there any better place to unveil the project that during a reunion of the Fett family this summer in Germany?
We already know George Lucas initially planned to make an announcement about Episode VII at the last Celebration, but it was postponed due to continued negotiations with Disney.
Five months ago Entertainment Weekly included Logan, Bulloch and Beer in their double-sized reunion issue. Starwars.com reports the four performers will be giving autographs at Celebration, but the first hint at something larger is the mention they’ll also be on the Celebration Stage.
This begs the question - what will they be doing on stage? Will it be a panel? A tribute reel? Or perhaps, the announcement of a future project - whether that’s a spin-off film, news about Episode VII or a new television series.