Vulture reports that director Zack Snyder is putting together a new Star Wars film that isn’t going to be Episode VII. In fact, it’s not going to be part of the new trilogy at all.

The new film is said to take place parallel to the new trilogy and be a take on Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai that takes places in a galaxy far, far away instead of 16th century Japan.

In the original Seven Samurai, a small town under the thumb of bandits hires a group of seven samurai to protect them. With that in mind, it’s likely that Snyder’s Star Wars film will trade in the samurai swords for some lightsabers, with the film focusing on a group of seven Jedi that protect…a planet? A spaceport? A wretched hive of scum and villainy? Who knows, at this point.

Zack Snyder is the director of graphic novel adaptations 300 and Watchmen, as well as action flick Sucker Punch and the upcoming Superman franchise reboot, Man of Steel. With a playlist mostly full of action movies, and a penchant for slow-motion action scenes, Snyder’s take on the Star Wars universe may wind up having a different tone and look than any live-action Star Wars film thus far.

This won’t be the first Star Wars film with roots in a Kurosawa film, however. The original Star Wars (Episode IV: A New Hope) was heavily influenced by The Hidden Fortress.

Lucas is quoted as calling Kurosawa “one of film’s true greats,” and told Telegraph in an interview that Seven Samurai is a “magic mixture of a great story and great acting and humour and action and suspense — wonderful cinema.”

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