James Mangold Denies 'Boba Fett' Involvement And Begins Production On 'Ford V. Ferrari'

With all the talk of whether or not Lucasfilm is moving forward with “Star Wars” standalone films or if they’ve all been scrapped, people have forgotten that these movies, such as “Obi-Wan Kenobi” and “Boba Fett” have yet to even be announced. We just assume, based on reports, that the studio is moving forward with development of these projects, but officially, none of them exist.

So, when filmmaker James Mangold gets pulled into a discussion about how the “Boba Fett” solo film is the “worst idea ever,” the director is quick to point out that the film doesn’t actually exist yet. On Twitter, responding to a so-called “fan” of “Star Wars,” Mangold tweeted, “Look what I got from a self-proclaimed ‘lover of life’! Seriously Blackbird, chill. I’m making a period car racing movie w/ Christian Bale & Matt Damon. No Mandalorians involved. Stop reading so much gossip. Oh, and in my opinion: children in cages = worst idea ever.”

The film he’s referring to is the upcoming “Ford v. Ferrari,” which is the true story of Henry Ford II taking on the perennial Le Mans champion Ferrari, by building an entirely new automobile to take on the favorite. As he mentioned, the film stars Matt Damon and Christian Bale, as well as Jon Bernthal. “Ford v. Ferrari” marks the filmmaker’s return behind the camera since his Oscar nomination for his last film “Logan.” In a separate tweet, Mangold confirms that filming is just now starting on the project.

But as he says, all the news about any potential “Star Wars” spin-offs is still just “gossip.” That being said, if Lucasfilm does move forward with “Boba Fett,” you shouldn’t be too surprised if Mangold is attached. The filmmaker has recently inserted himself in the ongoing discussion over toxic fandom that seems to be dominating the “Star Wars” talk recently. Many assumed he was bringing up the hot-button issue since he’s going to be involved with Lucasfilm.

There’s no official release date for “Ford v. Ferrari,” but many expect it to hit sometime later next year.