There’s been a lot of Star Wars related news as of late. Today, it’s been reported that Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen, Man of Steel) is developing a spin-off Star Wars movie based on Akira Kurosawa’s masterpiece Seven Samurai. He was one of the directors rumored to be involved in Star Wars VII, but I guess I wasn’t able to properly grasp the scope that Disney had envisioned for their newest acquisition. Apparently Disney CEO Bob Iger wants a new Star Wars film every two to three years. Couple that with their Marvel stuff, Pirates of the Caribbean, and the usual Disney animated movies, I’m thinking they’ll rule the planet within the next fifteen years.
The movie is supposed to take place after the sixth movie in the chronological canon, but runs parallel with the new movie coming out in 2015. Honestly, a fresh new take on this franchise with a whole new cast sounds more enticing to me than a straight up sequel. Plus, it is inspired by a timeless classic, a story about a group of ronins being hired by a poor defenseless village to defeat the bandits. Yes, it’s been done before, but if I’m not getting a live action Clone Wars movie, then this looks to be the next best thing. And say what you will about Zack Snyder, but as long as he doesn’t write the screenplay, he can bang out a really cool movie.
The production for this movie will supposedly take place after they’ve begun working on Star Wars VII. I’m wondering whether that means that we’ll be waiting until at least 2017 to see this movie, or if they’ll put this out a year apart or something. Also, I think it’d be cool if they could get away with NOT calling it a Star Wars film to differentiate it as a spin-off.
Anyway, I guess there’s no better time to be a Star Wars fan. Then again, they always had a way of continuing to make that franchise relevant somehow, but it’s always been an equivalent of applying anti-aging cream on it. I’m just glad it’s not another string of news about Lucas revisiting his old films to edit them some more.
UPDATE (January 14, 2013): New report came out that Zack Snyder is denying any involvement with Star Wars and that he’s currently concentrating all his efforts on Man of Steel and 300: Battle of Artemisia. You can read more about it here.
Written by Daniel Lee