Vulture is reporting that the film will actually be a standalone adventure drawing its inspiration from Akira Kurosawa’s classic The Seven Samurai, centering on a group of Jedi Knights on a mission. Additionally, the film will not carry an episode number but may be set in the post-Original Trilogy timeframe that the recently announced trilogy of films will be set.
If this film does turn out to be set concurrently with the upcoming sequel trilogy, it suggest that the Jedi Order has been reestablished. While this is something that has been established in the Expanded universe novels, the future films aren’t necessarily beholden to the continuity of the books and comics series.
Disney isn’t commenting on the report, unsurprisingly, but I can’t imagine that we would see this film any time soon. Episode VII is tentatively scheduled for a 2015 release. Presumably the studio would want to release the other two installments of the new trilogy on their announced every-twoto-three-years schedule before going to any standalone films, which would put the first available slot that this film could occupy in 2021.
The Seven Samurai has already been adapted into a couple of different genres, becoming the classic western The Magnificent Seven and the Roger Corman sci-fi pic Battle Beyond The Stars.
There are no other details right now, though I would expect that there will be a flurry of quotes from Snyder this summer once he starts doing the publicity rounds for Man Of Steel.