Zach Snyder May Or May Not Be Directing A Parallel Star Wars Movie17.01.13 # Sequel # 5 Comments
Earlier this week, Vulture reported that Zach Snyder is developing a standalone Star Wars film, parallel to Disney’s planned new trilogy.
Allegedly set to be based on Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 film Seven Samurai, the Star Wars universe lends itself well to the samurai culture. Jedi are, of course, kind of like science fiction ronin with lightsabers in place of katana.
George Lucas himself calls Seven Samurai one of his favourite films, saying that “the art of moving pictures is on every frame of this movie.” It wouldn’t be out of place to suggest that much of Star Wars may have been inspired by the Japanese film, so a retelling of the story featuring Jedi Knights would be a return to tradition for the franchise.
However, this report was subsequently denied by Snyder’s reps, explaining that he was currently busy with post-production on his films Man of Steel and 300: Battle of Artemisia.
Despite this, Vulture was adamant that their sources were good. “Vulture takes the accuracy of its reports very seriously,” they said. “And while a piece published in The Hollywood Reporter this evening quotes Snyder’s rep as saying that the director ‘is not involved in any way with the new Star Wars,’ Vulture stands by its story. This reporter heard through a source very familiar with the situation that Snyder recently flew up to Marin County to meet with Lucasfilm execs about the project.”
So…this doesn’t really get us anywhere. Either Zach Snyder is directing a Star Wars film or he isn’t. If he is, then I think he’s a great visual director that could have an interesting take on the universe. If not, then thanks to Disney’s plans to release a feature length Star Wars film every two or three years it sounds like we will have more than enough to keep us busy.