Zack Snyder’s samurai-inspired Star Wars movie is now a stand-alone Sci-fi movie
Zack Snyder is pretty much a superstar right now. After the success of Justice League Snyder Cut and Army of the Dead, he is being linked with tons of films and has truly restored his reputation as a formidable Hollywood creator. Back in 2013, he reportedly had plans to work for the Star Wars franchise as well. However, that plan fell through, but not his idea. His samurai-inspire Star Wars movie will now instead be a stand-alone sci-fi movie.
When Zack Snyder almost joined Star Wars
Back in 2013 when Snyder was waiting for the release of Man of Steel, reports came out that Snyder was in talks with Lucasfilm to make a Star Wars movie inspired by Akira Kurosawa. Vulture reported that the movie was going to be a standalone film, not part of any sequence from the trilogies. It stated:
Jedi epic loosely based on Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 classic Seven Samurai, with the ronin and katana being replaced by the Force-wielding knights and their iconic lightsabers.
Seven Samurai is often considered one of the greatest films of all time, as well as one of George Lucas’s favorites. The premise of the movie focuses on a village of farmers who hire seven ronin – or masterless samurai. And their purpose was to fight bandits who were planning to steal their crops. It sounded extremely tempting, however, the director’s spokesperson denied the reports, telling The Hollywood Reporter:
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.
The project is not completely dead
Since then, the project never really cropped up in the news again. However, recently Snyder confirmed that talks did take place between him and Lucasfilm. So much so that Lucas even offered the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi to Seven Samurai star Toshiro Mifune. Moreover, Snyder stated that the project isn’t dead. But, it won’t be a part of the Star Wars franchise. While talking on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, the filmmaker said:
We talked about it, but it never [happened]. I’ve been working on it away from the Star Wars universe, on my own, as a sci-fi thing… It’s still a sci-fi thing. It’s the same story. Now, I’m just going to let Star Wars be Star Wars. The 11-year-old me still wants to make that, and now, I know how to. So, maybe we’ll see that someday.