Rumor: Disney is Eyeing Up Zack Snyder To Direct One of the Upcoming ‘Star Wars’ Films

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Director Zack Snyder with Star Wars logo

We’re going to file this under rumor for sure. This is all speculation that is hitting the internet. Nothing has been confirmed or announced, but it’s an interesting idea. The new rumor is coming from We Got This Covered. Sometimes they’ve been right and sometimes they’ve been wrong.

According to their “sources” they are hearing that Disney might be looking at Zack Snyder to take the reins on one the three upcoming ‘Star Wars’ films from Lucasfilm. Currently we know that Patty Jenkins is doing “Rogue Squadron” and there is supposedly one come from Kevin Feige as well.

This leaves a third film that many have suspected would come from Taika Waititi. However new rumors indicate that Disney may be looking at Zack Snyder for something. Given how Disney has a “Star Wars” fan problem, is now facing backlash over “The Mandalorian” and the lackluster performance of  “The High Republic,” they might be wanting a fan favorite boost to try and win back the love they got when Luke Skywalker showed up again.

For those unfamiliar with the situation, Zack Snyder has started directing the original “Justice League” film and due to a family tragedy, he had to pass it off to Joss Whedon. The move released to very mixed reviews. When the rumors began swirling about there being a very different version of the film called “The Snyder Cut” fans campaigned hard for it’s release. They are being rewarded with “The Snyder Cut” version of “Justice League” next month on HBO Max.

If the trailer released yesterday is anything to go by, the fans are going to reward WarnerMedia.

In a day the trailer has amassed over 10 million views and 372 thousand upvotes.

Compare that to Lucasfilms new initiative “The High Republic” trailer from a month ago with about two million views, 45k upvotes and 34k downvotes.

Zack Snyder is performing and winning over the fans, while Disney keeps shooting itself in the foot when it comes to the “Star Wars” franchise. If nothing else, they really need social media guidelines in place for their people.

The one thing “Star Wars” has going for it is “The Mandalorian” and they have backlash and issues over the Gina Carano firing. The show and Carano herself were trending on Google far higher than their new “High Republic” initiative just in the past couple of months.

Google Trends showing "The Mandalorian" trending the highest, with "Gina Carano" trending 2/3 below it and "The High Republic" barely above baseline
Both the search terms ‘Gina Carano’ and ‘The Mandalorian’ are trending FAR above ‘The High Republic’ on Google Trends as of January 24, 2020.

Snyder does love “Star Wars” and it’s why he started making movies,but as of last year he didn’t feel he was necessarily a good fit in the current “Star Wars” universe.

This is an excerpt from an interview he did with The Film Junkie” on YouTube.

“I think I’ve gone over this a little bit in the past. I am a huge Star Wars fan. The reason why I started making movies when I was 11 years old was because of Star Wars. For sure it has been a huge influence on me and really got me into this mythic path with the Joseph Campbellian take on archetypes and storytelling. Yeah, Star Wars is that to me. I have interest in Star Wars. I don’t think I have a story written now that… I don’t know how I’d fit into the Star Wars universe anymore. Like, I… I don’t know what it is. So it’s a thing I love, but I don’t know if I… maybe it’s moved on from me. I still love it and I have lightsabers everywhere around the house.”

I think he feels like a lot of fans do. “Star Wars” has “moved on from me.”

Every time Lucasfilm and Disney win back fan goodwill, something else comes from within to smash it back down.

Snyder has proven that he can deliver what fans want and has the passion and vision to unite and “Star Wars” needs more of that. Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni are already doing that but the films could use a boost as well.

But like Mr. Snyder feels, many worry it’s “moved on” and they are starting to move on with him.

Of course it’s all just rumors and speculation at this point, but it’s an interesting idea even if it isn’t true.

What do you think? Comment and let us know!

Source: We Got This Covered, Screenrant, The Film Junkie

 


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