Say what you will about Zack Snyder and his movies, he’s made himself a pretty powerful figure in Hollywood. For years he was the visionary behind the DCEU, spearheading big-budget movies with tentpole characters. Against the odds, he convinced WB to let him cut a four-hour version of Justice League, dedicated to his late daughter whose death pulled him away from the project originally. He has is detractors, but he makes big waves.
While Snyders out of the superhero game, he was very close to working in the other big franchise that pleases and pisses off fans in equal measure.
Back in 2013, news broke that Snyder was developing an Akira Kurasowa-inspired standalone Star Wars movie which, according to Vulture , was “set within the series’ galaxy, though parallel to the next trilogy.”
From Vulture: “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.”
Unfortunately, Disney has pulled back from making standalone Star Wars stories. The project is no longer on the docket….at least not as a star war. Snyder has adapted his concept to work outside of the Star Wars universe.
“We talked about it, but it never [happened],” Snyder recently told the Happy Sad Podcast “I’ve been working on it away from the ‘Star Wars’ universe, on my own, as a sci-fi thing…It’s still a sci-fi thing. It’s the same story. Now, I’m just going to let Star Wars be Star Wars.”
I’m not sure how groundbreaking Snyder’s concept was. George Lucas has repeated ad nauseam that the original film in the franchise was inspired by Kurosawa’s films, specifically The Hidden Fortress. So it’s not exactly the most original idea to adapt a better-known samurai classic. But maybe making a grim, serious Star War with a lot of slo-mo set to “Hallelujah” would have helped it stand out?