Zack Snyder Not Directing Next ‘Star Wars’ — But Maybe The One After That – UPDATED

Published by Seth Quillen in: Film -- Date: 14 Jan 2013 Comments: 0

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UPDATE: Zack Snyder NOT Directing ANY Star Wars Film
As if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. The bubble of excitement over Snyder directing a Star Wars film just popped bigger than the second Death Star.
“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.” That means no Episode VII, VIII or IX and no offshoot movies, the rep confirms.”

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Did you feel that? It was probably the tremble in the force that is shaking the whole galaxy today. Well, at least it’s shaking a galaxy far, far away. According to Vulture, Zack Snyder is working on a film set within the Star Wars universe but not a direct sequel to Return of The Jedi. Snyder has turned into a fanboy favorite, having directed films such as 300 and Watchman. And, he is currently finishing off his Superman reboot, Man of Steel. So he’s got a little geek force on his side already. Snyder previously stated that he was not interested in directing Star Wars: Episode VII successfully avoiding being pressed on the possibility of directing any Star Wars films.

Vulture reports that Zack Snyder “is in fact developing a Star Wars project for Lucasfilm that is set within the series’ galaxy, though parallel to the next trilogy. It will be an as-yet-untitled Jedi epic 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.”

Does that sound like the Bourne Legacy or X-Men Origins: Wolverine to anyone else? I’m just saying.

It’s worth noting that George Lucas famously based his original Star Wars trilogy on The Hidden Fortress, another Kurosawa film. It appears that Lucas’ influence is still very much alive in the empire now know at Disney.

The Snyder film will start production after production on Star Wars: Episode VII begins. Episode VII is set for a 2015 release.

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