Apparently the footage release so far only comes from the opening episode’s first 7 minutes.
With the launch of The Book of Boba Fett coming up fast – the first episode drops on the Wednesday after Christmas – director Robert Rodriguez has been talking to The Hollywood Reporter about his involvement with the show.
After Rodriguez directed The Mandalorian season two’s “The Tragedy”, which reintroduced Boba Fett, we’re told writer/producer/director Jon Favreau pitched to both the director and the studio the idea of following up on the Bounty Hunter’s story. For Robert Rodriguez, apparently a long term fan, it was a proposition he couldn’t resist and he’s directed three episodes. While he usually prefers the independence that comes with working on his own properties rather than large-scale franchises, he said:
“I can’t even say this is a dream come true because I wouldn’t have even thought to dream this.”
However, he suggests there’s a lot more to the show than the trailers have revealed so far. There’s been a level of restraint applied to the footage release, with scenes only being drawn from the show’s first seven minutes.
“We can’t use the second half of the first episode because it gives so much away.”
From what we understand, the story follows Fett (Temuera Morrison) and his ally Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen) as they attempt to take over the empire of the late Jabba the Hutt on Tatooine. As well as suggestions of the struggle for Fett in his transition to leader of a criminal empire, Rodriguez also teases:
“Things turn up you don’t expect, you see things we couldn’t believe we got to do. Every episode has big surprises.”
The interview also goes on to talk about the gung-ho attitude taken to filming, under the ever-present threat of cancellation thanks to the pandemic. It also suggests that Fett’s return has the potential to go further than the current run too:
“If people really love it, I’m sure they’d want to make more.”
There’s more detail in the article, including comments from executive producer Dave Filoni – it’s well worth checking out.
In related news, there’s an interview with Jennifer Beals at Variety too. It somehow manages to tell you precisely nothing about the show, other than how much fun the actress had.
However, it’s noteworthy because Beals is one of the few cast members so far confirmed.