Of all the recent developments to the "Star Wars" franchise and its new home at Disney, a scoop from Vulture will surely prove to be the most divisive yet.
According to the entertainment news site, controversial director Zack Snyder is developing a "Star Wars" film, one that shouldn't be confused with "Episode VII" or the rest of the new trilogy. The "Man of Steel" director's movie would take place within the series universe, meaning there will be Jedi and lightsabers, but it would work "parallel" to the next installments.
The little we know about the project gives us a general sense of the plot of the film. Vulture reported that it will be "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." For those unfamiliar with the Kurosawa classic, "Seven Samurai" tells the story of a small farming village that hires a group of sword-wielding warriors to defend their homes from bandits. If that plot seems familiar to you, it's because the film has been remade as "The Magnificent Seven," and Pixar borrowed some elements for "A Bug's Life." Additionally, George Lucas has often cited Kurosawa as one of his greatest sources of inspiration.
Vulture's source couldn't say for sure where Snyder's "Star Wars" film would fall in the chronology of the series, but an "insider" suggested that the movie would likely take place in the same post-"Return of the Jedi" timeframe that the new trilogy will occupy.
When Disney first announced its acquisition of Lucasfilm, CEO Bob Iger said that the plan for the series was first and foremost a new trilogy, but also a new film set in the universe every two to three years. Vulture's sources said that Snyder's film would go into production after "Episode VII," which could mean that "Episode VIII" would not be the immediate follow-up to the new trilogy's first installment.
This is the second mention of a non-trilogy "Star Wars" film since the Disney acquisition. In November of last year, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that "Empire Strikes Back" director Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg were writing films for the series that aren't necessarily part of the trilogy.