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UPDATED: Zack Snyder Developing 'Seven Samurai'-Inspired 'Star Wars' Movie

This all sort of makes sense

Zack SnyderUPDATE: The Hollywood Reporter has a quote from Zack Snyder's representatives saying, "While he is super flattered because he is a huge fan, Zack is not involved in any way with the new Star Wars. He is currently in post on his two films, Man of Steel and 300: Battle of Artemisia."

Of course, the only problem with this quote is that the story isn't related to the "new Star Wars", it's an entirely different Star Wars. Maybe it's a deflection, maybe the story is true. We'll soon see I'm sure.

The original article follows:


This news has nothing to do with the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII, which is still without a director, but is being written by Michael Arndt (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) for a 2015 release. Instead, Vulture is reporting Zack Snyder may be looking to follow-up Man of Steel with a film set in the Star Wars universe, but outside the upcoming trilogy.

The site reports the film is said to be influenced by Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai, which is to assume a group of Jedi will be called upon to protect a small village of far away galaxy farmers from a group of intergalactic bandits.

Expectation is the film will not be inside the numbered "saga", but instead run parallel to the upcoming trilogy and within the same galaxy, which would surely make for some sort of cameo at one point or another.

There is no word on whether Snyder will simply develop the project or take directorial reins, but it is expected to go into production following Star Wars: Episode VII, which would seem to suggest they may be looking at a 2016 release should everything work out.

For those unfamiliar with Seven Samurai, get familiar.

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  • Susan

    Internet explosion...imminent.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/RandallPMcMurphy/ Randall P McMurphy

    Seven Jedi? Sounds cool to me...
    Also, all star war movies are inspired by Kurosawa movies, so why would they even mention it?

    • http://www.criterion.com/my_criterion/27913-criterion10 Criterion10

      This sounds more like a direct inspiration than something like the effect that The Hidden Fortress had on Star Wars. Based on the article, it seems as though this upcoming film will essentially be Seven Samurai set in the Star Wars universe. Plus, for the filmmaker to blatantly admit this before saying anything else major about the film, it implies that the effect Seven Samurai will have on this film will be very large.

  • http://www.criterion.com/my_criterion/27913-criterion10 Criterion10

    And it looks as though I now have another film to add to my unofficial "Films That I Will Be Avoiding" list...

  • Winchester

    I'm starting to miss Lucas.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/chewbaca38/ Baca

    This sounds great. I would love a mid-trilogy side story.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Xarnis/ Xarnis

    Jedi are basically Space Samurai, so this could be cool. And I love Seven Samurai.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ian/ Ian

    Clearly what Disney really wants to do with Star Wars is an Avengers-type thing where they just crank out movies forever. I really think they're only proposing the idea of a 7-9 trilogy because Lucas teased that thirty or whatever years ago. So even while they're making a trilogy they can keep cranking out more product on the side. Given that both Star Wars and The Avengers are set up at Disney, you have to wonder if they're worried about the two franchises cannibalizing each other. Apparently not; they probably think they're Disney and they're the gods of film and they can just take over the entire summer with these two franchises. Here's hoping they're wrong and both of these franchises burn out.

  • Sina

    They did make a Seven Samurai inspired story in Star Wars Universe in The Clone Wars animated series and it was cool
    looking forward to this movie

  • Christophe

    That actually sounds better than the official sequel. But I sure hope Disney keeps doing non Star Wars movies on the side!

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Will-E/ Will-E

    Did Disney approach Snyder or is he pitching to them? Either way this guy's name is coming up a lot for his last film being Sucker Punch. If Man of Steel is actually a success what level of projects will he get? Amazing that he even gets his thrown around. I'm not as down on Snyder as most, but the guy has a reputation.

    • loxmang

      Im not a huge fan of snyder. I wasnt as in love with 300 as most were, and in my opinion he's only put out more films that just did not live up to the hype. I dont know why he was given the reigns to the Superman franchise, and now why are they letting him combine and remake two epic stories. I think they guy should show he has some sort of talent with his own original stories before he gets handed projects like this. Unfortunately ill probably end up seeing it anyway.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Corbin/ Corbin

    Zack Snyder has said that these are merely rumors, and that he is not working on anything related to Star Wars.

  • Susan

    Snyder's come out and denied this.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/kash/ kash

    forget snyder...lets just focus on the premise of the story...this has the potential to be an epic jedi story, imagine the possibilities! doesn't matter who directs it, count me in! disney is on the right track. maybe in a decade or so, they will be the foremost authority on everything in movie-franchises.