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