Well, that escalated quickly. Disney hasn’t even announced a director for Episode VII yet, but apparently they’re already thinking about non-numbered side films. Everyone ever is reporting today that Zack Snyder is making a Star Wars version of Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, a movie that I’ve been meaning to see for years and have never gotten around to it.
I’m not a fan of Snyder, but Man of Steel looks pretty good, and I like the idea of creator-driven standalone Star Wars films, so I’m going to stay cautiously optimistic about this. In fact, that’s the biggest thing I’m taking away from this news. The next few years (decades?) could be filled with serious, standalone Star Wars films from top directors who have been dying to play in this universe since they were kids. While this could also signal Disney’s willingness to overwhelm us with new Star Wars movies, at least they haven’t announced anything completely ridiculous yet.
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.
What do you guys think about this? Who else would you like to see tackle some Star Wars movies?