Zack Snyder is Developing a ‘Star Wars’ Movie
Zack Snyder, the director of Watchmen, 300 and this year’s forthcoming Man of Steel is developing a Star Wars project for Lucasfilm. This runs contrary to reports that Snyder was “not interested” in directing Star Wars: Episode VII, which Lucasfilm and Disney have slated for release in 2015.
However, that report seems to be technically true, as Snyder’s project is apparently a film that will be completely separate from the new trilogy. It’s not clear where in Star Wars continuity Snyder’s film will take place, but it should be sometime after the events of Episode VI, and will not be a numbered “episode” like the new trilogy.
Snyder’s take on Star Wars will be loosely based on Akira Kurosawa‘s 1954 classic Seven Samurai, a personal favorite of George Lucas, who even offered one of its stars, Toshiro Mifune, the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi when creating the original Star Wars.
In an exclusive statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Snyder’s spokesperson says: “While he is super flattered because he is a huge fan, Zack is not involved in any way with the new Star Wars. He is currently in post on his two films, Man of Steel and 300: Battle of Artemisia.”
Vulture has updated their original story with the following:
“Vulture takes the accuracy of its reports very seriously. And while a piece published in The Hollywood Reporter this evening quotes Snyder’s rep as saying that the director ‘is not involved in any way with the new Star Wars,’ Vulture stands by its story. This reporter heard through a source very familiar with the situation that Snyder recently flew up to Marin County to meet with Lucasfilm execs about the project. When subsequently reached by Vulture, Snyder’s spokesperson would only repeat that he ‘is’ not currently involved. One should note the possible political ramifications here of our original story break: Snyder’s last Warner Bros. film, Sucker Punch, lost millions for the studio, and execs there could have become distressed at the idea of him getting involved with another studio’s franchise when they have so much at stake with their upcoming Man of Steel and want him available for an immediate sequel.”
The plot thickens…