DEBUNKED: Zack Snyder to remake ancient comic storyline for new Star Wars movie

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Aw crap, this was just a darned rumor. But it was worth running just to post a picture of gaint green space rabbit.

But in an exclusive statement toThe Hollywood Reporter, Snyder’s spokesperson says: “While he is super flattered because he is a huge fan, Zack is not involved in any way with the new Star Wars. He is currently in post on his two films, Man of Steel and 300: Battle of Artemisia.”

Well, it looks like Disney isn’t just sitting around and counting their womp rat scores now that they own the STAR WARS franchise. We all know that a third trilogy is on the way, but Disney is also developing new movies OUTSIDE THE TRILOGY space, including a Zack Snyder film. According to Vulture:

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.


Now you know what’s funny about that? When STAR WARS originally came out and Marvel got the nod to continue the story, Roy Thomas and Howard Chaykin came up with a storyline wherein Han Solo and Chewie go to a distant planet and reenact…SEVEN SAMURAI, protecting a village called Aduba-3 from a bunch of bandits.

Han Solo and Chewbacca are hired by Ramiz, a moisture farmer on Aduba-3, to protect his village from a band of local thugs known as the Cloud-Riders led by Serji-X Arrogantus. Han and Chewbacca hire six misfit spacers to help them with the task, including Don-Wan Kihotay, an old man who thinks he is a Jedi Knight, and Jaxxon, a rabbit-like creature with a mean disposition. Serji-X tries to convince Han to forget about his mission to protect the peasants and even offers him compensation, but Han declines. Meanwhile, on Yavin 4, Luke Skywalker, C-3PO and R2-D2 leave in a scout ship to search for a location for the new Rebel Alliance base.


Jaxxon the giant green rabbit has long been offered as Exhibit A in why the old Marvel comics are not canon—and also an eerie precursor to Jar Jar in his own way—but heck, looks like great minds think alike.
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Comments

  1. Huh. It seems appropriate to look to Kurosawa again, considering that The Hidden Fortress was one of the inspirations for the original Star Wars film.

  2. Is it April 1st already?

  3. Snikt Snakt says:

    I really hope this is a gag story as well.

    As much as I loved those old Marvel Star Wars stories, this homage storyline was awful…

  4. OMG. Great comparison of the green rabbit to Jar Jar.

  5. Star Wars issues 7-9 (this story) were among the first comics I ever owned. I got them as a three-pack in 1977 or 1978, and they remained treasured possessions. Can’t say the story holds up, but I loved it as a kid.

  6. Nat Gertler says:

    And here I was thinking it a Battle Beyond The Stars rip-omage!

  7. barry buchanan says:

    Could there be a Jaxxon the Lepi smuggler and Rocket Racoon the Guardian of the Galaxy cross-over coming down the pike?

  8. If not a film, at least it got made into an audio drama…

    http://www.nolinecinemas.com/marvels/mmain.htm

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