Zack Snyder working on ‘Star Wars’ project based on ‘Seven Samurai’?

By Daniel S Levine,

Man of Steel director Zack Snyder already said he’s not directing the next Star Wars episode and is believed to be preparing a film based on Seven Samurai that will be outside the new trilogy.

Star Wars doesn’t exist without Japanese master Akira Kurosawa. The director’s works were an influence on George Lucas from the beginning. The connection between Star Wars and Kurosawa could get deeper if one report is correct.

Vulture reported today that Snyder is working on an untitled Jedi epic that borrows heavily from Kurosawa’s influential 1954 epic about seven samurai who fight for a poor village against raiders. Lucas has been an avowed Kurosawa fan and an episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars was based on the film. It has influenced everything from Westerns (The Magnificent Seven) to animated films (A Bug’s Life).

An expert told Vulture that the project will be after Episode VI: Return of the Jedi and will be a stand-alone film. That means it won’t be part of the larger story about the Skywalker family.

Back in November, Snyder, told the Los Angeles Times that he will not direct the next Star Wars film.

“I don’t think I’d be interested in [directing it],” he told the paper. “I’m a huge Star Wars fanatic. I just think doing [episodes] seven, eight and nine is just a slippery slope. It’s a whole other mythological experiment I’m excited to see, but it’s a lot of effort.”

Disney bought Lucasfilm in October and plans to release Episode VII in 2015. No director has been set for that project, but it will be written by Michael Arndt. Vulture had no word on the Snyder project, but it appears to be in the very early stages.

Snyder’s Man of Steel hits theaters in June.

UPDATE: Snyder's rep has sent a statement to EW and THR denying Vulture's report.

"While he is super flattered because he is a huge fan...Zack is not involved in any way with Star Wars. He is currently in post [production] on his two films, Man of Steel and 300: Battle of Artemisia," the statement reads.



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