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Zack Snyder-developing non-trilogy Star Wars movie?!

Started by ChrisMC, January 14, 2013, 02:03:26 PM

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Back in November, the Los Angeles Times reported that Man of Steel and 300 director Zack Snyder said he had no interest in directing the hotly anticipated seventh Star Wars film. But Vulture has learned that while this may be specifically true — he won't be doing Episode VII — it was a bit of misdirection: He is in fact developing a Star Wars project for Lucasfilm that is set within the series' galaxy, though parallel to the next trilogy. It will be an as-yet-untitled Jedi epic loosely based on Akira Kurosawa's 1954 classic Seven Samurai, with the ronin and katana being replaced by the Force-wielding knights and their iconic lightsabers. (Go ahead, say it — you know you want to: " ... an elegant weapon, for a more civilized age." Felt good, didn't it?)

It's not clear just where Snyder's untitled Jedi film would fall within the Star Wars chronology, but one insider expects it will not be considered part of the "numbered" episodes, but rather a stand-alone film set sometime post–Episode VI events, meaning the next phase of the franchise development is much broader than previously thought. For those unfamiliar, Kurosawa's influential Seven Samurai (The Magnificent Seven was the American remake) tells the tale of a small agrarian town in sixteenth-century Japan that's routinely pillaged by bandits. Fed up with the annual shakedown, its farmers retain the services of seven masterless samurai to defend their harvest. One of the film's stars, Toshiro Mifune, was initially offered the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi (as Kotaku recounts here). George Lucas has cited the classic as one of his favorites, telling the Telegraph in 2005 that "it's a brilliant, brilliant film, and every time I see it I can't believe the magic mixture of a great story and great acting and humour and action and suspense — wonderful cinema. The art of moving pictures is on every frame of this movie."
In late October of last year, when Disney CEO Bob Iger first announced the acquisition of Lucasfilm, he'd stated that after Episode VII, "our long term plan is to release a new Star Wars feature film every two to three years." Our sources also say that Snyder's would start production after Disney starts on its planned 2015 release of Star Wars: Episode VII, and while no director has yet been set for Episode VII, clearly things are taking shape at Lucasfilm. (A spokesperson for Lucasfilm declined comment.)

In the meantime, we are left to ponder the obvious geek questions: Do Snyder's Jedi carry just a single lightsaber or a long one and a short one, like samurai do? Oh God, why do you torture us so!?

If this is true, this is exactly what I hoped would come about. The Star Wars universe expanded outside of trilogy films, one shot movies...gonna be very cool to see what develops in the next few years.

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I was just reading this over at the RPF! They did an episode of  Clone Wars that was a direct homage to 7 Samurai.


Strike that!


Zack Snyder is not traveling to a galaxy far, far away. At least, not right now.

According to Snyder's rep, a report this morning that the Man of Steel director is developing a standalone Star Wars project that would be loosely based on the 1954 masterpiece Seven Samurai is not true.

"While he is super flattered because he is a huge fan," states the rep, "Zack is not involved in any way with Star Wars. He is currently in post on his two films, Man of Steel and 300: Battle of Artemisia."
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