How can you tell when a television series or film has resounded with its audience and become a veritable pop culture sensation? For films it’s usually in the form of an inevitable sequel; for the former redheaded stepchild of cinema – television – that form of uber-popularity manifests itself in the renowned – and sometimes infamous – spinoff. It’s always tricky attempting to parlay initial popularity into a virtual cottage industry. Just ask such failed endeavors as After Mash, The Brady Bunch Hour, Gloria and Joanie Loves Chachi. Clearly some ideas are best left undone. But when it comes to launching a successful spinoff of a popular TV show, my money is squarely on Disney+ who today officially announced that its popular Star Wars effort The Mandalorian will be branching out into its own franchise-within-a-franchise.
Per our Star Wars prequel-lovin’ peers at The Hollywood Reporter comes the galaxy shaking news that none other than bounty hunter Boba Fett (whose original actor from Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi Jeremy Bulloch sadly passed away just this month) is set to hunt viewers via the small screen in the upcoming ongoing series The Book of Boba Fett. What exactly does your peerless Vents correspondent mean by “upcoming”? Fear not you Star Wars fanatics, the wait will not be relatively that long: The Book of Boba Fett is tentatively scheduled to drop in December of 2021.
The new Star Wars series will feature actor Temuera Morrison (Aquaman) who himself is no piker when it comes to George Lucas’s beloved galaxy far, far away: The thespian has portrayed Fett in the ever-popular Mandalorian series. He’s also been the voice for the bounty hunter in the 2017 Star Wars: Battlefront 2 video game. Not enough credentials for you? Geez, you nerf herder’s! Alright, how about this – Morrison had a standout role in Star Wars: Episode Two – Attack of the Clones as none other than Jango Fett. The man has more than earned his Gold Club Star Wars card in my humble opinion…
This new Fett series is only part of a broader rollout from Disney+. On December 10 the House That Mickey Built divulged that there were no less than ten Star Wars series planned to debut over the next few years on the popular streaming service. That’s a whole lotta Star Wars, folks.
The Book of Boba Fett will take place within the established timeline of The Mandalorian. Executive producing is Swingers star Jon Favreau and his cohort Dave Filoni.
So strap on those old Star Wars Underoos, friends and neighbors. It’s going to be a long, strange (and exciting, we hope) trip!