"300" Director May Helm "Seven Samurai" Inspired "Star Wars" Movie - UPDATED
Zack Snyder project would be a stand alone rather than numbered sequel
UPDATE: NOT! That's what the kids say nowadays, right? SIKE! Or something. Anyway, Zack Snyder has denied involvement in this project, so it's just another dream to chew on for the moment - Ed.
This weekend, on Japanese quiz show Sekai Fushigi Hakken!, Mika Mifune recounted how her father, Toshiro Mifune, star of legendary Akira Kurosawa samurai movies such as Yojimbo and Seven Samurai, turned down offers to play Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader in the original Star Wars.
Now, the franchise is circling back around to George Lucas' period Japanese film influences with talk that Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen, the upcoming Man of Steel) may be directing a Seven Samurai inspired SW film.
An Insider tells The Vulture that the prospective Seven Samurai inspired Star Wars project wouldn't be Episode VII or another of the numbered sequels planned after Disney's purchase of the franchise. Instead, the story of a rag tag group of Jedi defending a remote community would be a stand alone.
Lucas previously described his admiration for Seven Samurai, saying, “It’s a brilliant, brilliant film, and every time I see it I can't believe the magic mixture of a great story and great acting and humour and action and suspense — wonderful cinema. The art of moving pictures is on every frame of this movie.”
via The Vulture and Kotaku
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