There were two less-than-stellar ideas related to “Star Wars” floated on Monday, and by day’s end both were officially kiboshed. The United States government will not be building a Death Star, and Zach Snyder is not directing a standalone “Star Wars” film based on Kurasawa’s “The Seven Samurai.”
Reports early Monday, including one on Vulture, stated that Snyder (“300,” “Sucker Punch” and this year’s “Man of Steel”) was in line to direct a “Star Wars” movie- not the upcoming “Episode VII,” but rather a standalone film set elsewhere in the “Star Wars” universe, and based on Akira Kurasawa’s oft-adapted “The Seven Samurai.” Indeed, another Kurasawa film, “The Hidden Fortress,” has often been called a major inspiration for George Lucas in creating “Star Wars.”
However, later on Monday Snyder issued a statement to the Hollywood Reporter that no such deal was in the offing.
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 idea of more than one “Star Wars” franchise going on simultaneously is intriguing; Fox has the same thing going on with separate “X-Men” series. But Zack Snyder? Let’s see how he handles Superman before entrusting him with the keys to the Millennium Falcon.
Meanwhile, new Lucasfilm owner Disney will likely need to find a director for “Episode VII” before it worries about extending the universe further.