When it comes to surprise stories, this is definitely a huge one! Zack Snyder (Man of Steel) was rumored to be one of the directors in line for Disney‘s new Star Wars trilogy. He, however, had no interest in taking over the reigns for the new trilogy, and it now appears we know the likely reason why. Snyder is reportedly developing a new Star Wars film, separate from the new trilogy, which will be be loosely based on Akira Kurosawa‘s classic film Seven Samurai. Though details are extremely scant, it seems the film will take place concurrently with the new trilogy or in the same general time period and will feature Jedi in a role similar to that of the Samurai. The development of this project seems to be in line with Disney CEO Bob Iger‘s plan for a Star Wars film every two to three years. It should be very interesting how Snyder adapts his style to the Star Wars world and I sincerely hope he can make this a great film. Stay tuned for more news as this project develops.
Update: Snyder’s reps have shot down the rumor, but expect plenty of speculation regarding other Star Wars spinoffs.