Here's some awesomely surprising news for you! A rumor just hit the internet that director Zack Snyder (Man of Steel) is developing a Star Wars samurai movie for Lucasfilm! How freakin' cool is that?! Even though we're all anticipating Star Wars: Episode VII, some of you may forget that Lucasfilm and Disney are also developing other Star Wars properties.
The movie that Snyder is working on is set in the same Star Wars universe that we all know and love. Vulture reports that the untitled Jedi epic will loosely be based on Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 classic film, Seven Samurai, with the ronin and katana being replaced by the Force-wielding Jedi knights and their badass lightsabers described in the film as… "an elegant weapon, for a more civilized age."
The movie will most likely be a stand-alone film, and not part of the future episodes that will continue the story of the original saga. An inside says that the film is set sometime after the events in Episode VI, and that Snyder would start production on it after Disney starts on its planned 2015 release of Star Wars: Episode VII.
It actually makes sense that this kind of Seven Samurai Star Wars film would eventually be made. George Lucas himself is a huge fan of it, and said back in 2005 that "it’s a brilliant, brilliant film, and every time I see it I can't believe the magic mixture of a great story and great acting and humour and action and suspense — wonderful cinema. The art of moving pictures is on every frame of this movie." It were these kinds of films that helped inspire him to make Star Wars in the first place.
The film tells the story of a small 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."
One again my excitement for the possibilities of what this could end up being is through the roof! What's funny, is that just yesterday we posted some cool custom made Star Wars Samurai Munny's. There's actually been a lot of Star Wars samurai mash-ups that have been made over the years.
I know Snyder will do an amazing job bringing this film to life visually, but I'd like for someone else to write the script. After Sucker Punch, I never want to see Snyder write another script again. What do you think of him taking on this Star Wars samurai film?!
In case you've heard this rumor that this story is not true here's a comments from the source....
Vulture takes the accuracy of its reports very seriously. 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 newStar 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. 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.