The internet is abuzz as website Vulture has announced that 300 director Zach Snyder will be directing a new Star Wars film. No, not THAT film, instead it will be a stand-alone project that will take place after the events of Episode 6. The new movie will run parallel with the upcoming trilogy that is in the works at the new to Disney company LucasFilm. The new Snyder film will be loosely based on Akira Kurosawa’s epic Seven Samurai.
Of course the general feeling is the more Star Wars the better, but could it be too much? Fans are conditioned to the numbering scheme of the movies so this would be uncharted territory here. Can a stand-alone Star Wars film be good? I think this could be a move to broaden the Star Wars horizon and mythology, which I’m all for, but I’m curious to see how this film will tie in the new trilogy, if it does at all. My general feeling is that it will be a visual wonder with great effects and action because of it’s director, but will it feel like Star Wars. That is the thing I care about the most, and felt at times, that this was my biggest issue with the prequels, they didn’t deliver on the nostalgia factor that I was so hoping for. It takes more than having a “long time ago in a galaxy far away” title card and a screen crawl to be Star Wars. The prequels felt too much like Diet Star Wars, and my concern is that this may happen again.
No word on when Snyder’s Star Wars will hit theaters, but it will not go into production until after work on the new trilogy is underway.
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