Ain’t It Cool is reporting that the first solo Star Wars movie (re: not a part of the main saga) will revolve around Yoda. Vulture had previously indicated that Zack Snyder was being sought for a Seven Samurai-inspired solo Star Wars film. Could they be the same thing?
Actually, a part of me thinks that they could. The reason has to do with George Lucas including a nod to Seven Samurai in Revenge of the Sith by having Yoda rub his head in a manner similar to how the character of Kambei Shimada frequently does in Akira Kurosawa’s masterpiece. When George announced Episode VII, he said he had ideas for other movies, and I can’t help but wonder if that subtle tribute stuck in his head and one of those ideas is Yoda and a bunch of Jedi defending a helpless planet.
Regardless, I’ve read a lot of speculation that has this film starring an older Yoda, but who is to say that is to be the case? The best-case scenario that I could think of would be to set it well before the Star Wars saga, especially if Lucasfilm wants to branch off into other eras of that universe. It’d be a safer bet setting a movie 900 years before the main saga and including at least one familiar character than starting from scratch. Or it could be moved up in the timeline. A part of me wouldn’t mind seeing it set with Yoda and his young apprentice Dooku, fleshing out more of that backstory from the saga. Or it could be (and likely is) something else entirely. In any case, they should probably get Weird Al on the line for theme song rights…
PHOTO SOURCE: Yoda Doll