Zack Snyder developing Samurai-inspired standalone Star Wars film

Zack Snyder has already taken his name out of contention for Star Wars VII—but that apparently doesn't mean he won't be making a different Star Wars film.

Vulture is reporting that Snyder (Watchmen, 300) is developing a standalone Star Wars film that will likely not fit into the proposed new trilogy. Instead, the story will be set in the same universe but focus on a different set of characters on a specific mission.

Here's the lightsaber-wielding concept:

"It will be an as-yet-untitled 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."
Considering Disney's insistence to release a new Star Wars film every 2-3 years, it's not much of a surprise to hear they're already ramping up some side projects to supplement the "major" numbered sequels. Plus, who wouldn't want to watch a film about a team of ass-kicking Jedi? George Lucas has built a massive universe, and there's more than enough room for a few parallel stories to take place across the various edges of the galaxy.

With all his genre cred, Snyder looks to be a safe pick for this one, and with his Man of Steel on the way, he should be an even hotter name by the time this one comes around.

Would you like to see a standalone Jedi action flick, or should Disney stick to the major Star Wars films before branching out?

(Via Vulture)

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