Is Zack Snyder making a Star Wars Seven Samurai film?


Last night came word that Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen, Man of Steel) was developing a Star Wars spin off movie based on Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai.

Note that this is a spin-off and not part of the proposed new trilogy.

When word came that Disney had bought Lucasfilm they did say that they hopped to have a new Star Wars film out every couple of years so a spin-off is no surprise.

Vulture had the news of this Seven Samurai type film. If you haven’t seen it, or The Magnificent Seven or Battle Beyond The Stars, the basic story is a small village of farmers keeps getting robbed by bandits. The farmers hire seven Ronin and Samurai to fight off the bandits. Replace the Samurai with Jedi and you can see the potential.

It is no secret that George Lucas is a fan of these films. Star Wars: A New Hope was based, in part, on Hidden Fortress and he wanted Seven Samurai star Toshiro Mifune to play Ben Kenobi or Darth Vader.

Since Vulture broke the story THR have had a statement from 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.”

Despite this Vulture are standing with their 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. When subsequently reached by Vulture, Snyder’s spokesperson would only repeat that he “is” not currently involved. One should note the possible political ramifications here of our original story break: Snyder’s last Warner Bros. film, Sucker Punch, lost millions for the studio, and execs there could have become distressed at the idea of him getting involved with another studio’s franchise when they have so much at stake with their upcoming Man of Steel and want him available for an immediate sequel.

As usual in these circumstances we will not know for definite until the cameras begin rolling.

I for one love the idea of a Seven Samurai inspired Star Wars movie and more standalone Star Wars films such as this would be a great way to go. They could maybe even follow the Marvel Studios blueprint and have major characters from the individual films show up in supporting roles for other films.

As for Snyder being involved I have no problem with that. I know some people do not like his slow motion style, but his particular vision could be well suited to the Star Wars universe. As long as somebody else provides the script.

One of the best bits of Sucker Punch was the fight between Baby Doll and the giant robot Samurai warrior. Imagine that with Jedi and alien creatures.

How do you feel about a Seven Samurai Star Wars film? Would you be happy with Zack Snyder directing it? Will we get anyone like Sybil Danning from Battle Beyond The Stars in it?

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