UPDATE: ‘Man of Steel’ Director Zack Snyder Denies Work on New ‘Star Wars’ Film

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UPDATED 6:30 PM, January 12: Reps for director Zack Snyder have denied his involvement with a new stand-alone Star Wars film.

On Monday, Snyder’s camp reached out to The Hollywood Reporter to shoot down Vulture’s story that Snyder was developing a Star Wars feature in the vein of Seven Samurai.

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

The rep went on to clarify that Snyder is absolutely not involved with either the new trilogy of films or any offshoot projects set in the Star Wars universe.

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As Zack Snyder wraps up his new Superman reboot, Man of Steel, the director has set his sights on another franchise: Star Wars.

Vulture reported Monday that Snyder has quietly begun work on developing a new stand-alone Star Wars movie, based on Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai. This film will be made some time after Star Wars: Episode VII, and is rumored to take place in a post-Return of the Jedi timeline.

Story details are obviously top secret, but audiences can expect Snyder’s film to have a very lightsaber-heavy spin on Samurai’s story, which centered on a band of ronin warriors hired to defend a village from murderous bandits. (Swap out “ronin” for “Jedi” and you have a vague idea of where the film could go…)

Snyder, who originally passed on the idea of directing Episode VII, joins writers Lawrence KasdenMichael Arndt and Simon Kinberg as the only official names attached to the franchise’s next big-screen chapters.

This is not the first Kurosawa film to have ties to Star WarsGeorge Lucas has openly stated that Kurosawa’s The Hidden Fortress inspired A New Hope’s “save-the-princess” storyline.

Is the Force strong with Snyder and his new Star Wars film? Weigh in below! And to tide you over, check out the trailer for Zack Snyder’s upcoming film Man of Steel.

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