“Star Wars” fans might have to settle for just one universe for now. Just hours after a report emerged on Monday that controversial director Zack Snyder might be developing his own “Star Wars” movie that has nothing to do with the “Episode VII” reboot, the “Man of Steel” helmer’s reps denied the Vulture blog story.
“While he is super-flattered because he is a huge fan, Zack is not involved in any way with the new ‘Star Wars.’” His rep told the Hollywood Reporter.” He is currently in post on his two films, ‘Man of Steel’ and ’300: Battle of Artemisia.’”
The original story claimed that Snyder’s phantom flick would be “loosely based on Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 classic ‘Seven Samurai,’ with the ronin and katana being replaced by the Force-wielding knights and their iconic lightsabers.”
For those unfamiliar with the Kurosawa classic, “Seven Samurai” tells the story of a small farming village that hires a group of sword-wielding warriors to defend their homes from bandits. If that plot seems familiar to you, it’s because the film has been remade as “The Magnificent Seven,” and Pixar borrowed some elements for “A Bug’s Life.” Additionally, George Lucas has often cited Kurosawa as one of his greatest sources of inspiration.
When Disney first announced its acquisition of Lucasfilm, CEO Bob Iger said that the plan for the series was first and foremost a new trilogy, but also a new film set in the universe every two to three years. Vulture’s sources said that Snyder’s film would go into production after “Episode VII,” which could mean that “Episode VIII” would not be the immediate follow-up to the new trilogy’s first installment.
Given the roulette wheel of speculation that has been turning for the past month about which director might take the helm of the first movie in the new trilogy, it’s not out of the question that Snyder’s name made it into the mix. Everyone from J.J. Abrams to Jon Favreau and Joseph Kosinski (“Oblivion”).
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