Confirmed: New “Star Wars” movie based on “Seven Samurai” in development

posted at 9:01 pm on January 14, 2013 by Allahpundit

This isn’t the Episode VII promised by Disney but something extra, suggesting they’re going to explore the “Star Wars” universe beyond the linear Obi-Wan/Anakin/Luke plot line. No surprise — when you’ve just bought Hollywood’s biggest cash cow, you’re going to want to milk it — but I’m still ambivalent. If they use generic Jedi characters then it could be that all you’re watching is a movie you’ve already seen except with lightsabers, which feels more like “Star Wars” licensing than a true “Star Wars movie.” If they use Obi-Wan et al. then the characters you’re familiar with risk losing some of their integrity, as if they’re just, er, action figures being made to act out whatever classic plot the studio thought would be neat to remake. Coming soon: “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” starring Han, Boba Fett, and Chewbacca?

Having said all that, a remake of “Ikiru” featuring Luke slowly dying from an infection of his stump could be quite affecting.

Back in November, the Los Angeles Times reported that Man of Steel and 300 director Zack Snyder said he had no interest in directing the hotly anticipated seventh Star Wars film. But Vulture has learned that while this may be specifically true — he won’t be doing Episode VII — it was a bit of misdirection: He is in fact developing a Star Wars project for Lucasfilm that is set within the series’ galaxy, though parallel to the next trilogy. 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. (Go ahead, say it — you know you want to: “ … an elegant weapon, for a more civilized age.” Felt good, didn’t it?)

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.

Presumably they’ll follow Marvel’s lead and introduce new characters in separate features with an eye to uniting them in one box-office-busting mega-feature down the road. Imagine the battle scenes when the Jedis you met in the third, seventh, and ninth new movies team up to challenge the Sith villains who debuted in the second, fifth, and eighth ones. Episode XXIII is going to be a barnburner. Especially if they land that much hoped for cameo by an 87-year-old Harrison Ford.

Exit question: What happens when “Star Wars” goes indie? Is it … this?


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Please, no!

claudius on January 14, 2013 at 9:03 PM

What could go wrong?

Tim_CA on January 14, 2013 at 9:05 PM

Noooooo!!!!!!!!!!

(Allah- time to re-post that YouTube video series where the serial killer expounds on why the prequels suck!)

Bruno Strozek on January 14, 2013 at 9:06 PM

“Sith villains…”

Doinitwrong 2.0.

King B on January 14, 2013 at 9:06 PM

Is nothing sacred?

listens2glenn on January 14, 2013 at 9:06 PM

I was hoping it would be a Jabba the Hutt film modeled on “The Godfather” with Michael Moore playing the starring role.

Bishop on January 14, 2013 at 9:12 PM

I say this as a guy who absolutely loved the first three: (Well, except for the ewocks)

PLease! God; NO!!!!!!

LegendHasIt on January 14, 2013 at 9:13 PM

So a remake of a remake.

VorDaj on January 14, 2013 at 9:13 PM

Nope.

Gymkata on January 14, 2013 at 9:14 PM

No other Seven Samurai remake will ever top The Magnificent Seven. Ever.

Mark1971 on January 14, 2013 at 9:15 PM

Spare us the stupid trade federation plotlines, the awful dialogue, the unconvincing love story and all the SITTING in the recent trilogy.

Greek Fire on January 14, 2013 at 9:17 PM

“Battle Beyond the Stars.” Done.

tbrosz on January 14, 2013 at 9:17 PM

Other sites are reporting this was a false rumor.

http://www.aintitcool.com/node/60335

neoavatara on January 14, 2013 at 9:18 PM

I’ve learned everything I wanted to learn about the “Star Wars” universe with the first three movies, they rocked..The next three sucked, as I suspect the next three will….

MaxSplinters on January 14, 2013 at 9:20 PM

“Battle Beyond the Stars.” Done.

tbrosz on January 14, 2013 at 9:17 PM

Is that the one with John Boy Walton in outer space?

Mark1971 on January 14, 2013 at 9:21 PM

Six Jar-Jar movies…

I feel like Chris Matthews… just atingle…

PointnClick on January 14, 2013 at 9:22 PM

Will there be xenomorphs that have acid blood and attach to your face?

Chris Christe and Jabba the Hutt could fight over the last slice of pizza in the universe.

SparkPlug on January 14, 2013 at 9:23 PM

Is that the one with John Boy Walton in outer space?

Mark1971 on January 14, 2013 at 9:21 PM

Yes *shudders*

sharrukin on January 14, 2013 at 9:26 PM

“The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” starring Han, Boba Fett, and Chewbacca?

Honestly this would be a better script than any of the prequels.

Jar Jar Binks getting whacked by Boba Fett at the beginning would be epic.

William Eaton on January 14, 2013 at 9:26 PM

There is no way this movie will be any good. I mean, I wish it would be, but I’m not holding out any hope after the last 3 star wars movies i saw.

Timin203 on January 14, 2013 at 9:27 PM

“i have no friends…..alive” dad, when he was alive, loved that line.

renalin on January 14, 2013 at 9:29 PM

Coming soon: “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” starring Han, Boba Fett, and Chewbacca?

That would be a better script than any of the prequels.

The opening scene of Boba Fett doing taking out Jar Jar Binks would be epic.

ADDED: The next scene of Boba Fett taking out the ewok who paid him to take out Jar Jar Binks would be the next best.

William Eaton on January 14, 2013 at 9:31 PM

No…

Please no.

This is worse then anything I expected.

Sackett on January 14, 2013 at 9:33 PM

I’m looking for the Darth Obama cameo.

ghostwalker1 on January 14, 2013 at 9:34 PM

Star Wars Gangnan Style.

Friend of mine who has Hollywood connections assured me that is the name of the next movie.

SparkPlug on January 14, 2013 at 9:34 PM

I was hoping it would be a Jabba the Hutt film modeled on “The Godfather” with Michael Moore playing the starring role.

Bishop on January 14, 2013 at 9:12 PM

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. . . : )

listens2glenn on January 14, 2013 at 9:35 PM

“Battle Beyond the Stars.” Done.

tbrosz on January 14, 2013 at 9:17 PM

Darn, beat me to it.

Socratease on January 14, 2013 at 9:38 PM

It should be about the origin of the Sith and the Jedis… Or the return of the Sith (after the death of the Emperor) and new war in the galaxy between the Sith and the Jedis… Other than that any other plot will be stupid…

mnjg on January 14, 2013 at 9:39 PM

This subject should keep the dorks busy for the evening

Rio Linda Refugee on January 14, 2013 at 9:43 PM

This subject should keep the dorks busy for the evening

Rio Linda Refugee on January 14, 2013 at 9:43 PM

I guess you are not a star wars fan…

mnjg on January 14, 2013 at 9:45 PM

Is nothing sacred?

listens2glenn on January 14, 2013 at 9:06 PM

No, not really. Not anymore. Even Spiderman is dead(sort of.)

ProfShadow on January 14, 2013 at 9:46 PM

Oh boy, a Dark Helmet sequel featuring Barf, half man/ half dog and he’s his own best friend.

dthorny on January 14, 2013 at 9:46 PM

Is that the one with John Boy Walton in outer space?

Mark1971 on January 14, 2013 at 9:21 PM

No, it’s the one with Pluto.

Steve Eggleston on January 14, 2013 at 9:47 PM

It makes sense, episode IV was based on The Hidden Fortress by Kirosawa.

Snowblind on January 14, 2013 at 9:48 PM

‘Star Wars’ game segregates gay characters on gay planet

O_o

Seven Percent Solution on January 14, 2013 at 9:51 PM

No other Seven Samurai remake will ever top The Magnificent Seven. Ever.

Mark1971 on January 14, 2013 at 9:15 PM

No one can top Steve McQueen and Eli Wallach.

Oh, and the music.

RINOs are people too on January 14, 2013 at 9:54 PM

It makes sense, episode IV was based on The Hidden Fortress by Kirosawa.

Snowblind on January 14, 2013 at 9:48 PM

And Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon movie serials from the 1930′s.

dthorny on January 14, 2013 at 9:55 PM

They should have like the Star wars dudes do a jump through hyperspace and land in the Star Trek universe. And they could like team up with Kirk, and Spock, and Jerkov and them guys and battle Romulans. No, battle Roumlans that have allied with the monsters from Aliens. And they could fight and stuff. That would be cool.

tommyboy on January 14, 2013 at 9:56 PM

After getting excited about Prometheus and then experiencing the bitterness that followed seeing the actual product I am not going to get excited about this. They are going to make a movie of the Forever War too but it is still in the early stages.

lexhamfox on January 14, 2013 at 9:58 PM

In space no one can hear you yawn.

lexhamfox on January 14, 2013 at 10:00 PM

Coming soon: “The Good, the Bad, and the UglyHairy” starring Han, Boba Fett, and Chewbacca?

FIFY.

trigon on January 14, 2013 at 10:07 PM

Isn’t Harrison Ford already 87 years old?

juanito on January 14, 2013 at 10:11 PM

They are going to make a movie of the Forever War too but it is still in the early stages.

lexhamfox on January 14, 2013 at 9:58 PM

I shudder to think just how badly they could screw that up. I’m still trying to get over ‘Starship Troopers’.

trigon on January 14, 2013 at 10:11 PM

A Star Wars Seven Samurai is a no-brainer considering the Jedi Knights are samurai rip-offs first and foremost anyway.

Scopper on January 14, 2013 at 10:11 PM

How about a different direction entirely?

DANCING WITH THE STAR WARS.

Obi Wan comes out as ghey and trips the light sabre fantastic with Ani, giving an entirely new angle to their relationship.

Think of the possibilities!

LGBT Brigades take over Tattooine.

The Ewoks are revealed as furry hermaphrodites.

Jar-Jar Binks tells all that he has had a sex change is now Jara-Jara.

Meso nowso sexy like!

profitsbeard on January 14, 2013 at 10:14 PM

Jar Jar Binks meets Sandra Fluke. This could be Heaven.

TXUS on January 14, 2013 at 10:15 PM

Hollywood should just end it all and do the Star Wars version of ‘Ishtar’.

Ishtar Wars.

trigon on January 14, 2013 at 10:17 PM

Steel Magnolias with a Star Wars theme.

Bishop on January 14, 2013 at 10:24 PM

Exit answer: Planet of teh Gheys?

locomotivebreath1901 on January 14, 2013 at 10:25 PM

It should be about the origin of the Sith and the Jedis… Or the return of the Sith (after the death of the Emperor) and new war in the galaxy between the Sith and the Jedis… Other than that any other plot will be stupid…

mnjg on January 14, 2013 at 9:39 PM

Jedi is both singular and plural. You must be one of those ignorant tea baggies who come over here from Hot Gas…oh wait, I forgot where I was.

Nutstuyu on January 14, 2013 at 10:40 PM

And they could fight and stuff. That would be cool.

tommyboy on January 14, 2013 at 9:56 PM

Butthead, is that you?

Nutstuyu on January 14, 2013 at 10:42 PM

Meanwhile, the Obama administration is receiving accolades for its adaptation of the events at the Benghazi consulate, which was based on Rashomon.

mintycrys on January 14, 2013 at 11:13 PM

Leave THE SEVEN SAMURAI alone!

It’s magnificent, it’s irreplaceable.

Sometimes imitation is NOT the source of flattery.

Just leave THE SEVEN SAMURAI alone.

Same can be said of the original STAR WARS (Ep. IV).

These remakes and “imitation/spinoffs” are tragic. Just tragic, misguided, just wrong.

Lourdes on January 14, 2013 at 11:24 PM

Hollywood should just end it all and do the Star Wars version of ‘Ishtar’.

Ishtar Wars.

trigon on January 14, 2013 at 10:17 PM

That’s where it’s going if they don’t stop this and stop it nowww.

If Disney *just has to* make something “StarWarsian” then they should try to do something to extend the story but do so originally, without developing and pushing it as “like SOMETHING ELSE”.

Just continue the story that “began” as to audiences with Ep.IV and abandon all hope of trying to be cute, “interwoven” with other characters, scenarios, tales and archtypes.

If they can’t do something original they should just stop trying and commit to working on themepark costumes for their parades.

Lourdes on January 14, 2013 at 11:28 PM

The problem I have with Kathleen Kennedy, who is now head of the StarWarsAtDisney (and former producer with Spielberg and her husband, also-producer/director Frank Marshall), the problem I have with her is that she “waxes poetic” a tad too much and it’s grown more pronounced as she’s aged and become more influential. She originally applied an empathetic aspect to Spielberg’s films that was much needed but on her own, she’s grown just too soaperetic.

I really just don’t get it as to why they can’t, if they must make more Star Wars films, proceed with credibility as to the original theme, which even Lucas ruined with his efforts to go-too-silly and then too-soaperetic himself with a few of the Episodes.

Lourdes on January 14, 2013 at 11:33 PM

Lourdes on January 14, 2013 at 11:33 PM

…continued…but I like what she and Marshall did with SIGNS, although the soaperetic aspect to the dying-wife’s situation became easy fare for ridicule on the internet (means it was apparent that it was melodrama and people often couldn’t take it seriously, though the film overall was).

Lourdes on January 14, 2013 at 11:36 PM

Spare us the stupid trade federation plotlines, the awful dialogue, the unconvincing love story and all the SITTING in the recent trilogy.

Greek Fire on January 14, 2013 at 9:17 PM

I watched REVENGE OF THE SITH amidst an audience in Hawaii — predominantly Polynesian and Asian people (though I am neither) — and that scene where “the Counsel” is seen sitting around in a semi-circle about to consider young-adult Anakin, and the camera pans Counsel faces…when it got to actor Samuel Jackson, the whole theatre audience LAUGHED ALOUD.

Sorta’ ruined the seriousness of the film, from that point on. It became a thing of curiosity and no longer drama.

Lourdes on January 14, 2013 at 11:41 PM

It makes sense, episode IV was based on The Hidden Fortress by Kirosawa.

Snowblind on January 14, 2013 at 9:48 PM

It’s because Kirosawa is hero extraordinaire to Lucas and Spielberg. He’s sorta’ their “ultimate auteur” guy. Lucas used just about every concept from mythical literature for Star Wars, that’s what he’s about.

Lourdes on January 14, 2013 at 11:44 PM

They should have like the Star wars dudes do a jump through hyperspace and land in the Star Trek universe. And they could like team up with Kirk, and Spock, and Jerkov and them guys and battle Romulans. No, battle Roumlans that have allied with the monsters from Aliens. And they could fight and stuff. That would be cool.

tommyboy on January 14, 2013 at 9:56 PM

Tbat’s funny. Seriously. And I lately have a difficult time fully losing myself as viewer in most science fiction fantasy because I have been affected by that ^^ sort of photochop-it-in perspective. I start imagining one film meshed with two others, etc. and wonder when the Oopa Loopas will show up with Captain Picard’s cuppa at the helm.

Lourdes on January 14, 2013 at 11:49 PM

I just want to see Joe Johnston’s proposed Boba Fett stand alone movie.

oddjob1138 on January 14, 2013 at 11:49 PM

Meanwhile, the Obama administration is receiving accolades for its adaptation of the events at the Benghazi consulate, which was based on Rashomon.

mintycrys on January 14, 2013 at 11:13 PM

Let’s hope the next episode replays “Hara-Kiri“.

profitsbeard on January 15, 2013 at 12:01 AM

DANCING WITH THE STAR WARS.

profitsbeard on January 14, 2013 at 10:14 PM

LMAO.

Tim_CA on January 15, 2013 at 12:19 AM

I once thought about writing a fan fiction where Star Wars meets Star Trek through the Stargate and somehow the Cylons from Galactica show up to team up with the Borg to war against both sides. After about five pages, I decided that it would be way too complicated and probably way too simplified for those hardcore SF nerds to even remotely like since I don’t do technobabble.

Disney and Star Wars, I see epic fail. Remember Black Hole?

cebj25 on January 15, 2013 at 1:07 AM

They should just get Jamie Foxx and Samuel Jackson together and have them shoot all the White people for 90 minutes. Have Tarentino direct it and call it “Muthableepin’ Star Wars”. That’s a sure fire box office hit.

OxyCon on January 15, 2013 at 1:12 AM

How about Yoda as a youngling, that could be an 800 year prequel. And introducing Michael Moore as Darth Flatulus.

bigmike on January 15, 2013 at 1:29 AM

It’s Disney. They aren’t going to mess around with some Japanese story arc. They can start going through their old classics and give them a Star Wars twist. Lindsey Lohan isn’t busy now. She could reprise her Parent Trap role. In Star Trap she meets her evil Sith twin at summer camp and the plucky kids switch places. The Jedi twin goes home with dad to rule the universe as father and son and the Sith twin gets sent to the moisture farms of Tatooine. Eventually the ruse is discovered and hilarity ensues. Get Justin Bieber to do the music and you have a hit on your hands.

Lily on January 15, 2013 at 2:15 AM

My sister-in-law looks like Jebba the Hut, so seeing her makes me have no desire to see any Star War movie.

Drill and Fill on January 15, 2013 at 2:47 AM

Confirmed: New “Star Wars” movie based on “Seven Samurai” in development

Oh for Pete’s sake…let it die…it’s run its course.

Dr. ZhivBlago on January 15, 2013 at 5:19 AM

Is it … this?

cripe

cmsinaz on January 15, 2013 at 6:46 AM

Memo to George Lucas and Hollywood:

If you absolutely must. You would make more money if the film were based on the raunchy ‘Flash Gordon’ serial parody, ‘Flesh Gordon’ from 1974.

You would stand a better chance of creating some new and unique heroes, villains and monsters.

Jack Deth on January 15, 2013 at 7:12 AM

Cmon guys. More star wars > less star wars (except ep 1&2). I’d be interested to see more of that lexicon outside the traditional story line. Looks like it might be a false rumor anyway, but star wars ain’t the bible folks. More stories please.

LaughterJones on January 15, 2013 at 7:37 AM

Just watched Battle Beyond the Stars last week. What a childhood flashback. Did you know James Cameron was the art director for that Roger Corman…classic? So he’s been ripping off franchises and setting them in space from the beginning.

BohicaTwentyTwo on January 15, 2013 at 8:14 AM

I agree with what was mentioned above about Hidden Fortress. Also Seven Samurai has been redone. It was called “The Magnificent Seven.” There was also a Clone Wars episode homage.

The plot could be done simply. After the rise of the Empire, 7 Jedi/Padawans on the run from Vader and the clones, are tasked with defending a small town/planet.

The_Livewire on January 15, 2013 at 8:16 AM

Oh well, Disney has already ruined the Star Wars name and they haven’t even made a film yet.

bgibbs1000 on January 15, 2013 at 8:17 AM

What they should do is remake Top Gun but put it in space. It really is the timeless love story of motion pictures.

In the roles of

Maverick: Matt Damon (duhhhh)
Goose: Cuba Gooding Jr. (Show me the sausage!)
Iceman: Michelle (BBQs and eats Mav at climactic end)
Slider: Al Roker (follows through)
Viper: Elton John (role model and gay icon)

Suck it up.

CorporatePiggy on January 15, 2013 at 8:21 AM

…will make my own Star War movie…we’ll need actual fans to do, since the creator is going insane.

ninjacoastie on January 15, 2013 at 8:54 AM

As a big Akira Kurosawa fa I knew the first Star Wars movie was influenced by The Hidden Fortress, so the Seven Samurai approach could work too.

emerson7 on January 15, 2013 at 9:00 AM

The Thrawn Trilogy. It would have worked.

MNHawk on January 15, 2013 at 9:00 AM

The new film could be nothing but Chewbacca making armpit farts and it wouldn’t be as bad as The Phantom Menace. That was the first instance I’ve ever experienced of a director actively trolling his own fanbase.

JeremiahJohnson on January 15, 2013 at 9:06 AM

Merchandising and ludicrous speed.

May the Schwartz be with you.

BobMbx on January 15, 2013 at 9:27 AM

Oh well, Disney has already ruined the Star Wars name and they haven’t even made a film yet.

bgibbs1000 on January 15, 2013 at 8:17 AM

Princess Leia and the 7 Jedi.

Hi Ho!

BobMbx on January 15, 2013 at 9:28 AM

“Battle Beyond the Stars.” Done.

tbrosz on January 14, 2013 at 9:17 PM

Didn’t Robert Vaughn even play his Mag 7 character in this one?

If the first was based on The Hidden Fortress it makes sense to go back and rip off some more classics. Face it, the script3ing of 1-3 were awful.

MarkT on January 15, 2013 at 9:44 AM

as if they’re just, er, action figures being made to act out whatever classic plot the studio thought would be neat to remake.

I don’t think there was a single character in the abhorrent prequels (or the Clone Wars cartoon) that wasn’t created with the idea of turning them into a toy.

Sad.

Captain Scarlet on January 15, 2013 at 10:57 AM


“Battle Beyond the Stars.” Done.

tbrosz on January 14, 2013 at 9:17 PM

Same thought here. I’ve run a “Lucky Seven” film festival — movies with the same plot as Seven Sam. See also Mag 7, Stunt Seven, and Bug’s Life. TV pilot for The A-Team sorta fits as well.

Didn’t Robert Vaughn even play his Mag 7 character in this one?

MarkT on January 15, 2013 at 9:44 AM

Right down to the dialogue, including what one of the one of the other characters says when Vaughn’s character buys it.

apostic on January 15, 2013 at 10:59 AM

Geek thought: When Marvel Comics picked up the Star Wars universe, their first issues had a story arc that resembled Seven Sam/Mag Seven. Just sayin’

apostic on January 15, 2013 at 11:03 AM

“Gay planet.”

That is all.

RedNewEnglander on January 15, 2013 at 12:36 PM