Breaking News: Zack Snyder (Watchmen, 300) is developing a new Star Wars film for Disney, based on the Seven Samurai, and it is outside of both the trilogies.
If you think about it, it all comes full circle. A Star Wars filmed based on another Akira Kurosawa project is the natural route to go. After all Episode IV, A New Hope, is based on Kurosawa’s Hidden Fortress.
Vulture, who had the exclusive, had this to report: “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”. Check out the full story here.
So when will this story take place? Will it be before the prequels? Will it be after Return of the Jedi? If the story were to follow the Seven Samurai there would be seasoned Jedi in the lot. That would ear mark it for time before the prequels. Yet, it could be about a band of Jedi in hiding after the events of Order 66 thus placing it before Episode iV.
Another thing to consider is Snyder’s work on Man of Steel. If the film literally takes off will he be roped in for a sequel? Will Disney still want him if the Man of Steel flops? Disney has to yet confirm or deny Snyder’s involvement in a new Star Wars project. We here at Mania will keep watching for all the latest.
UPDATE: The Hollywood Reporter has reported this from statement Zack Snyder's reps: “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.”