Report: Zack Snyder Working On New Star Wars Film Based On Seven Samurai

Zack Snyder, the director of blockbusters like Watchmen and 300, is currently working on a new Star Wars film set outside of the upcoming trilogy, Vulture reports.

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.

It remains unclear just how this story would fit in with the new coming trilogy, but one of Vulture's insiders suspects it'll be a standalone set sometime after Return of the Jedi, rather than a numbered episode.

With all this Star Wars stuff hitting the fan lately, I'm having a hard time reacting. My Star Wars senses have been dulled, perhaps. What do you think? Is this going to be good? A disaster?

Zack Snyder Is Developing a Star Wars Film Outside the New Trilogy [Vulture]



    There's tons of good random star wars books/series out there, I don't have any problem with making the movie side of the franchise bigger if they are of similar quality.

    Wasn't star wars ep 4 based on seven samurai?

      It was based on... The Hidden Fortress? I think?

        You are correct.

          See below

            The entire plot of Hidden Fortress is almost EXACTLY the same as the original Star Wars Ep 4. Although there are some differences in the ending. Not to mention the shot for shot comparisons and techniques like frame wipes etc.

            - The film begins with two bedraggled peasants, Tahei and Matashichi (C3PO R2D2 whom the trilogy is seen almost entirely through their eyes)

            - They were taken for soldiers of the defeated Akizuki clan, and forced to bury dead (burning Jawas/Luke's parents).

            - After quarreling and splitting up, the two are both captured again and forced to dig for gold in the Akizuki castle with other prisoners. (Splitting up and being captured by Jawas on Tatooine).

            - They thereafter travel with the General of the defeated Akizuki clan, Rokurota Makabe (Han Solo), while escorting Princess Yuki Akizuki (Leia) and what remains of her family's gold (Plans for death star) to a secret territory (Base on Yavin 4).

            - During the mission, the peasants impede it and sometimes try to seize the gold. They are later joined by a farmer’s daughter (Luke, but he's a dude), whom they acquire from a slave-trader.

            -The peasants stumble upon the gold, but are later captured (leia captured by Darth Vader); whereupon Rokurota explains Yuki's true identity (leia is a princess), and states that all of the gold has been used to restore her family's domain (destroy the death star).

            -The peasants are then dispatched, taking a single ryō. In the final scene, Tahei gives this to Matashichi to protect; but Matashichi allows Tahei to keep it (they all receive gold medals).

              Yes. I understand. -The wipes are actually from seven samurai. - all I am saying is that ep4 - as GL has said -has thematic notions and the main concept taken rom SS. - as does episode 6. There is also elements of dim busters in 4. I know major elements are taken from hidden fortress as the references I posted state it.

              Further its kind of nice to show your references I.E. WIKIPEDIA. when you cut and paste from a source as you have done

                You're going to get on my case about copying a plot synopsis from wiki?

                  No but I sat there thinking.... I have read this before. Llike yesterday. I just would have. I appreciate what you are saying.

      Very, very, VERY loosely based.

      .... like they both had people in them.


    But I've seen Seven Samurai.

      And I'd seen Yojimbo, but that didn't stop A Fistful of Dollars from being an awesome movie.

        Ditto Hidden Fortress and Episode IV...

        Don't you mean the magnificent seven?

    Could be good? Hope it keeps the tone and doesn't go over the top ala Sucker Punch/300.

    This sounds awesome! I could just imagine a Jedi and his padawan training 5 others in the way of the force to help stave of bandits ravaging an isolated colony.

    In fact if memory serves me correctly, there's an clone wars episode that is based on the story already...

    Snyder has already shot down this claim:

    I envision a a small band of sick jedi defending an outpost/settlement against sith or the empire. 300 + Star Wars = MANY MANY HOURS OF VIEWING .

    I know they want to set this up like the Marvel films. However I think they need a slow start. Not have 4 films come out in 3 years or something.

    I actually think they'd be better off doing a stand alone separate film before trying any new trilogy, as a new trilogy might not actually be necessary.

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