January 14, 2013
Zack Snyder Directing Stand-Alone STAR WARS Film Based On SEVEN SAMURAI
Zack Snyder recently stated he had zero desire to make Star Wars Episode VII. Well that seems to have been a misdirection of sorts. As Vulture reports the director of 300, Watchmen and the upcoming Man of Steel is developing a non-trilogy Star Wars film with LucasFilm. This new stand-alone feature is loosely based on the iconic Akira Kurosawa film The Seven Samurai. Which would see a group of seven jedi coming to together for a rather large mission. Fans of the franchise should not see this as too surprising as Akira's The Hidden Fortress was a major inspiration for A New Hope. The original film tells the tale of a small agrarian town in seventeenth-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.
It's being reported the film could take place outside of the events of Episodes VII or VIII. However, with recent talk of LucasFilm trying to use the Marvel Studios model. This could be a way to introduce new characters into the trilogy, giving them stronger than usual backstories. Neither a writer or existence of a script is mentioned but is stated production would take place after Episode VII. It's rumored that the seventh installment would start pre-production in the Spring with the film possibly shooting later this year. In any case, from the new footage from Man of Steel it looks like Zack has grown as a director taking more of a serious tone.
It recently was announced that Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders, Return of The Jedi, Empire Strikes Back) and Simon Kinberg (X-Men Days of Future Past) would be hired as writers to develop films just like this one. It's possible that either or both of these screenwriters could be be tackling the untitled project. This might not even be that large announcement LucasFilm's Kathleen Kennedy's promised us for January. Episode VII still doesn't have an announced name for it's director.