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Zack Snyder denies he’s directing ‘Star Wars’ spinoff

- January 14th, 2013

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Well that was short-lived.

After Vulture reported earlier today that Man of Steel director Zack Snyder was planning to helm a non-trilogy Star Wars film based on Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, his reps quashed the rumour in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.

“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.”

So what did you think of the idea of a stand-alone Star Wars film? Was it a good move for the franchise to be plotting spinoffs? Let us know in the comments.

The original post is below because, well, the concept seemed super cool.

So we still have no info on a director for Star Wars: Episode VII, but we’re getting word that Zack Snyder is developing a new stand-alone film set within the Star Wars universe.

According to Vulture, the feature will be based on on Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, but it will be separate from the new trilogy Disney is planning for 2015.

It also won’t hit theatres until after Episode VII.

For those of you not in the know, Seven Samurai tells the tale of farmers who enlist warriors to help them defend their harvest. Kurosawa’s Hidden Fortress was also a big influence on Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope.

Snyder, who is directing this summer’s Superman reboot, Man of Steel, told the Los Angeles Times last fall that he had no interest in directing Star Wars 7.

“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.”

When it comes to features, Snyder has a shaky track record. While he successfully adapted Frank Miller’s 300, his take on Alan Moore’s Watchmen and 2011′s Sucker Punch didn’t exactly set the box office on fire.

When Disney acquired Lucasfilm in October of last year, CEO Bob Iger said the company plans to release a new Star Wars film every “two to three years.”

More recently, ABC revealed that they are looking at potentially making a live-action Star Wars television show.

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2 comments

  1. 2112 | January 14, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    Just how much juice can they still extract from that wrinkled, desicated fruit called the “Star Wars franchise”?

  2. James | January 15, 2013 at 6:09 am

    there are plenty of worthy SW books that would make for great movies. so long as they pick the right ones and get quality scripts, why not keep turning them into films? i bet even “2112″ from the comment above would go see them.

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