We’ve haven’t really had any updates or rumours regarding the new Star Wars trilogy since before Christmas, but now this week it appears that the plot has thickened. Back in November, there were many directors who claimed to have been approached by Disney or who were rumoured to be on their shortlist. One of those directors was Zack Snyder, who told the L.A. Times, “I don’t think I’d be interested in [directing it]… I’m a huge Star Wars fanatic. I just think doing [episodes] seven, eight and nine is just a slippery slope. It’s a whole other mythological experiment I’m excited to see, but it’s a lot of effort.” Well, it appears that he wasn’t exactly lying about that, but as it turns out, he may still be directing a new Star Wars movie after all. Hit the jump for the details.
According to Vulture, Zack Snyder is indeed developing a new movie for Disney that will take place in the Star Wars universe. It won’t, however, be a part of the new trilogy that is being written by Michael Arndt, Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg. This will be a standalone Star Wars film of a different sort: a Jedi-oriented samurai film that draws inspiration from Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai.
It’s a well-known fact that Seven Samurai is one of George Lucas’ favourite films, and Star Wars itself was partially based on Kurosawa’s The Hidden Fortress. It’s easy to see how this could work, but is Zack Snyder the right man to pull it off? Either way, it sounds like the floodgates are open and Disney is willing to lend the Star Wars license to just about anything at this point… which could be both a good and a bad thing. Does this sound like a good idea? Are you excited to see Zack Snyder get a chance to play in the Star Wars universe?