Is A Zack Snyder Star Wars Movie A Good Idea?

By Katey Rich and Sean O'Connell 2013-01-14 15:09:39discussion comments
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KATEY: I think the key to getting excited about the Jedi is the Seven Samurai connection. If this story turns out to be true, Snyder is basing it on that Kurosawa classic, which also became one of the best-ever Westerns, The Magnificent Seven. Those versions of Jedi characters are a million years away from Mace Windu-- and, quite honestly, can be whatever Snyder wants to make them. If we're having the Seven Samurai of Star Wars movies, it's going to get entirely away from parliament and trade embargoes, and back into action. Honestly, that makes me way more interested in this-- despite Snyder's huge drawbacks as a filmmaker-- than any "official" Star Wars movie.

SEAN: Ah, and that's where I think you nail the one thing that's buzzing in the back of my head about this whole announcement. Snyder. Because if this story broke with Jon Favreau or J.A. Bayona saying, "I'm going to do The Magnificent Seven with Jedi!" I'd be crapping my sweat pants. But it's not. It's Snyder. And I think that's why I'm having a hard time getting worked up. You have to agree, no?

KATEY: Oh, absolutely-- I wish it were pretty much anyone else. But right now I'm trying to focus on how much I like the basic idea behind it, and maybe hoping against hope that with source material as strong as Seven Samurai, even Snyder might not be able to screw it up. And given how successful Snyder's movies tend to be regardless of how good they are, maybe it will clear the way for another standalone Star Wars with more promising talent behind it.

SEAN: Which, at this rate, would hit theaters in the summer of 2017.

KATEY: I plan to live that long. And by then, your kids might be old enough that you don't have to go to the theaters to see it with them if it looks awful!

SEAN: Silver lining! Truthfully, I want to get excited by this news. I'm all for strong storytelling, even if the idea of a potential 15-20 Star Wars movie -- hell, 15-20 movies in ANY franchise -- is too much. But I fear that the success of Marvel's standalone superhero movies feeding into a larger ensemble story now has every studio with a tentpole trying to connect every franchise, from D.C. Comic to Stars Wars, into a patchwork quilt of interconnected narratives, and I'd just rather see the industry put their time and effort into films like Beasts of the Southern WIld. Original. Passionate. Something with a voice, instead of a cape or a lightsaber. Pie in the sky thinking, I know.

KATEY: Think of this Star Wars movie as a step in that direction-- a story within a familiar universe with no ties to an overarching mythology (so far as we know). That actually makes it very different from all of those interconnected superhero movies, and a potentially interesting step toward stories set in familiar worlds that are still, in their own way, original.

SEAN: That's fine. I'll keep an open mind, if only because it could one day lead to one-off Star Wars movies by gifted filmmakers who have fantastic Star Wars ideas, or who maybe couldn't do Episode VII because of prior commitments. Yes, Joss Whedon, I'm looking at you. With all of this movement on the Star Wars front, and announcements of spinoff films, you'd think a director for Episode VII would be on the horizon. It's one of the many Star Wars bits we'll have to keep anticipating as this already busy year rolls along.

Are you looking forward to Zack Snyder's Star Wars?

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