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Zack Snyder Is Developing A New Star Wars Movie, But Not Episode VII

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | January 14, 2013 | Comments ()


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Update: Zack Snyder's rep denies his involvement, which usually means absolutely nothing. Or everything.

This news came completely out of left field.

Apparently, rumors that Zack Snyder might direct the first Star Wars movie, post Disney purchase, weren't entirely unfounded. He's not directing Episode VII, but according to Vulture, he is developing a different Star Wars movie set in the same universe, but outside of the chronology.

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 ... It's not clear just where Snyder's untitled Jedi film would fall within the Star Wars chronology, but one insider expects it will not be considered part of the "numbered" episodes, but rather a stand-alone film set sometime post-Episode VI events, meaning the next phase of the franchise development is much broader than previously thought.

The Snyder film, however, would not go into development until after Episode VII. Got that? Expect lots of stylized Jedi-fighting and absolutely zero substance.

In other words; Disney is going to be milking its new toy for all its worth. You can look forward to a future where there's a new Star Wars film -- inside and outside of the existing chronology -- damn near annually. Probably also Jabba the Hut vs. Alien vs. Predator by 2025.

(Source: Vulture)







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  • I have no problem with this. This is what Star Wars should be: an open universe to tell stories in. Not all of the books are good either. Get off your high horses y'all, there's gonna be lots more Star Wars movies and there's bound to be a few halfway decent ones! Monkeys with typewriters and all that.

  • The Kilted Yaksman

    "Expect lots of stylized Jedi-fighting and absolutely zero substance."
    You mean there was substance to any of it to begin with? Don't get me wrong, I grew up on Episode IV-VI. I saw all of them on premiere nights, in the theater. But it IS space opera, not Schindler's List.

  • idiosynchronic

    This is like finding out the girl you had a crush on in elementary school got over-parented as a teen and is now only dating douchebags.

  • sean

    It might not be horrible. If someone actually writes a script, and someone at Disney tells him to knock that slo-mo shit off, it might be tolerable. It can't be any worse than the prequels.

  • Luke Anthony Matthews

    That's Zack Synder? Hmm, not bad. I don't know why I always expected him to be a fat 40 year old.

  • Randy Butternubs

    'Expect lots of stylized Jedi-fighting and absolutely zero substance.'

    So just like the originals, oh snap! Nah, I only half mean that, but they are pretty goofy and not really that great. I'm actually baffled that this guy keeps being given such high profile remakes though, he's mediocre at best.

  • Superasente

    I will not let you naysayer bring me down. This sounds like a lot of fun to me. Bright lights, big music, and swords made out of lasers. This could only sound cooler if they were offering free pudding with every ticket.

  • Jannymac

    If the internets had been around in 1960, I'm pretty sure somebody would have said "the Seven Samurai with Yul Brynner...FUCK this." While I pretty much hate "principal" Synder, I kind of think this is a good idea as the "ronin jedi" after the fall of the empire sort of works.

  • Pookie

    Why the complaints, you guys constantly broke George Lucas’ balls in every column that was ever posted on this website. Lucas sold it to Disney, and now all of sudden you guys act surprised that Disney is going to fuck the Star Wars franchise for all its worth. I’m glad Disney is going to fuck Star Wars, I hope Disney cums all over Star Wars’ face, fucks it, and then gets it pregnant and refuses to pay child support.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor_isnotloggedin

    I upvoted this, but I'm not totally sure I should have.

    Though one small critique. There's no point in hoping that, should Disney get Star Wars pregnant, they will refuse to pay child support. They will refuse to pay child support, while simultaneously managing to gain a copyright over the offspring. Because fuck you, that's why.

  • the dude

    And we thought Lucas was bad. The truth is he still cared for his property and loved it, even though he made more mistakes than I care to list, but at the end of the day he was a geek, not a dollar hungry corporation.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    I'm going to be a dick here and go on the record as saying that a geek who loves something isn't really any kind of inherently good thing. That kind of love can be blind and unquestioning and sink the hell out of your property in no time at all. If I'm forced to choose and don't have any other information other than that both parties are willing to put a good faith effort into the thing, I'd choose the non-geek who doesn't particularly like the property to resurrect it over the loving geek.

    Though, in this case you're just wrong. Lucas was in it for the merchandising cash as much as anything, he was just also enough of a Jobsian (trademark pending) control freak he couldn't let more talented people actually make his toy-bait movies when he decided he needed to make more.

  • ed newman

    Please employ liberal use of the sarcasm font next time. Some people might not get the joke.

  • Carlito

    Lennie's love : his puppy : : George Lucas's love : Star Wars franchise

  • kushiro -

    Star Wars: Attack of the Slo-Mo Erect Nipples

  • Sooo....it's Pirates of the Force: At Coruscant's End? Got it.

  • Darth Stevil

    I'm going to hold out for 300 Jedi.

  • Bert_McGurt

    From the Desk of George Lucas Zach Snyder:

    1) Rip off Kurosawa to make Star Wars film.
    2) Purchase Alaskan Malamute. Name dog Indiana Nebraska.
    3) Grow beard.
    4) ??????
    5) Profit!

  • The Other Agent Johnson

    You say "Zack Snyder" and "Star Wars" and "Akira Kurosawa." But what I hear is "shit salad."

  • googergieger

    I don't know I can definitely see a Kurosawa influence in Snyder. You know how like they both made movies. And uh, I got nothing else.

  • pajiba

    The man fails upwards better than anyone this side of Ratner.

  • dan

    go boil your head in acid

  • theotherone

    NO.

    " loosely based on Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 classic Seven Samurai" NO!

  • Fredo

    They spent billions in buying Star Wars. Time to cash them checks.

    And Snyder isn't the worst director one can pick IF he's marshaled and teamed with a strong producer and writer.

  • Carlito

    Needing to save the director from himself for fear of bloat and terrible writing is as canonical as midi-chlorians.

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