Zack Snyder's Star Wars samurai spin-off movie?

News Ryan Lambie
14 Jan 2013 - 19:36
Star Wars

According to new insider reports, Zack Snyder could be about to make a Star Wars spin-off movie with a Kurosawa-inspired story...

As the rumour mill surrounding the identity of Star Wars Episode VII's director continues to hum, some new and quite unexpected reports have come in about another movie based on George Lucas's franchise.

According to Vulture's shadowy sources, director Zack Snyder could be about to direct a Star Wars spin-off movie. This will be separate from the trilogy already planned, and will, the story goes, be based on the classic Akira Kurosawa film Seven Samurai. This means we could see a group of honourable Jedi defending lowly farmers from bandits somewhere in a galaxy far, far away within the next few years.

Lucas has always been vocal about his love of Kurosawa cinema, and it's a well known fact that The Hidden Fortress was a big influence on Star Wars, a film which is shot through with all sorts of references to Japanese cultural history. With this in mind, Vulture's story certainly sounds plausible, even if it seems a little early to be planning a side-story when there's still a central trilogy to sort out.

If true, we suspect that Man Of Steel's critical and financial reception will have some bearing on whether Snyder's project goes ahead. More news on this and other Star Wars movies as we get it.


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