When they announced the LucasFilm-Disney deal for more Star Wars films, we were told that there’d be an Episode VII and more in the saga, but Claude Brodesser-Akner over at New York Magazine’s Vulture is reporting that Zack Snyder is developing another Star Wars movie, yet it’s not Episode VII, or Episode VIII, or Episode VIIII… er, IX, or any other Roman numeral. No, it’s a movie that won’t be part of the next trilogy but will take place parallel to the saga.
Here’s Brodesser-Akner’s description of what we’re in for: “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.” He notes that Toshiro Mifune, a star of Seven Samurai, was initially offered the part of Obi-Wan Kenobi, and that the movie is among George Lucas’ (and countless others’) favorites, so there’s some sense to it all.
All right, then. Are you geeked for a Star Wars movie that isn’t in the formal line of chapters? Is a remake of sorts of Seven Samurai (yeah, I know, The Magnificent Seven. And Battle Beyond the Stars, for that matter.) something that you think can fit into the Star Wars canon? Blasphemy or a good way to expand the Star Wars universe? Whaddya think? Comment below, please.