Less than a year after Disney finalized its purchase of Lucasfilm and announced JJ Abrams as director of the force awakens, and five months before Steel man arrived in theaters, reports were circulating that Zack Snyder was developing a standalone Star wars spin-off that would have been inspired by Akira Kurosawa Seven samurai, which in itself is one of the most influential films ever made.
The 1954 classic is considered one of the greatest films in history and had a huge influence on George Lucas when he created the Star wars mythology in the first place, while names such as Quentin Tarantino, Peter Jackson, George Miller, Ridley Scott, James Cameron and others all have cribbed elements of his visual or narrative palate, like Snyder himself ironically when he l ‘said literally during his first stint at the helm of Justice League that Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne would ” Seven samurai”The titular team together.
However, the story was denied by representatives of the filmmaker at the time, only for the Army of the dead director to finally admit eight years later that he was indeed playing with the idea of a Star wars spin-off taking place outside of the main timeline inspired by the epic Kurosawa. Not only that, but Snyder also teased that he could still bring his idea to life as a film unrelated to a galaxy far, far away.
“Yeah, we talked about it but never, you know.” I worked there, just away from the Star wars universe, all by itself, just like a science fiction thing. It’s still a sci-fi thing, it’s the same story, just a little now I’m leaving Star wars to be Star wars and I’m just going, you know. The 11 year old always wants to do this, now I know how to do it, so maybe we will see that someday.
In addition to the original trilogy, Seven samuraiFingerprints can also be felt anywhere Thief one, The clone wars episode “Bounty Hunters” and the fourth episode of The Mandalorianthe first season, the last two of which pay a direct and open tribute. It’s only a matter of time before Star wars delivers a thinly veiled remake, unless of course Snyder beats them up with his own sci-fi take.