Man of Steel director Zack Snyder has denied rumors that he’s developing his own Star Wars project separate from the upcoming Episode VII film.
A represenative for Snyder quickly denied the rumor only hours after it appeared on Hollywood Reporter. “While he is super-flattered because he is a huge fan,” said Snyder’s rep, “Zack is not involved in any way with the new ‘Star Wars.'”
It appears that Zack Snyder’s busy schedule is one of the main factors that kept the director out of the Star Wars film franchise. “He is currently in post on his two films,” the rep continued, “‘Man of Steel’ and ‘300: Battle of Artemisia.'”
Earlier on Monday, the Vulture blog released a story that suggested Snyder was ready to work on a phantom film that 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.”
Although fans were quick to respond on message boards that Snyder may be directing the next Star Wars movie, the rumor was extinguished faster than turning on a lightsaber.
Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai was the driving force behind the 1960 film The Magnificent Seven that featured an all-star cast of Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, James Coburn, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter, Charles Bronson, and Horst Buchholz. The men portrayed a group of seven American gunmen who were hired to protect a small farming village in Mexico from a group of marauding native bandits.
How do you feel about the rumor? More importantly, who do you think should direct Star Wars: Episode VII?