I know, I know. "But he lived in the Legends canon!"
In Return of the Jedi, however, Boba Fett kicked the bucket after getting hit by a blind Han Solo, causing his jetpack to malfunction and sending him careening into the sarlacc pit where it was assumed he'd be digested for a thousand years.
It was an unfortunate, brutal end to one of the Star Wars Universe's most beloved bad guys, but according to an interview with Lucasfilm's official fan adviser from back in the early days of the franchise, that wasn't always the case. Craig Miller, speaking with Inverse, revealed the following:
“Originally Boba Fett was set up in Empire as a character, and the third movie’s plot was going to be more about Boba Fett rescuing Han Solo and all of that. Boba was gonna be the main villain… That was set up, why he was taking Han Solo away, why there was a thing with him in the Christmas special.
“When George decided not to make a third trilogy, he completely jettisoned that story line, which is why in the first ten minutes, Boba Fett gets bumped into and falls into the mouth of a giant monster. So he took what was planned for the third trilogy, which was the confrontation between Luke and Darth Vader, and the battle with the Emperor, and that got squished down from three movies to one movie. And that became the plot of Jedi.”
The third trilogy Miller is referencing is the prematurely announced sequel trilogy in the late '70s. Around the time that Empire was in production, Lucas was stating that the Star Wars saga would first be 12 films, all of them with different characters, which then changed to nine films following the Skywalker story, including Episode I, II, and III, followed by XII, XIII and IX.
After getting burned out, however, he decided to end at Return of the Jedi and would take a break for more than a decade until he began work on The Phantom Menace.
Of course, we're getting that third trilogy after all — but it's always fun to look back on how the original plans have changed over the years.
Miller also told Inverse about Lucasfilm's penchant for planting its own rumors in Starlog back in the day to build up the hype for The Empire Strikes Back. It's an entertaining read for Star Wars fanatics, so check it out.