UPDATE: Zack Snyder MAYBE Working On A Star Wars Film Outside Of The New Trilogy
UPDATE: It appears the waters are a little murkier on the Snyder helmed Star Wars flick. The Hollywood Reporter got word from Snyder’s reps that the director “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” But then Vulture, who originally reported the story, is standing firm on their report. Here’s the update in full. For now, it’s a battle of he said she said. Of course nobody is going to confirm a story until there’s an official announcement. Stay tuned to CBT for further developments.
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.
Zack Snyder was one of the men in the long list of directors who said they’d be honored if asked to do Star Wars VII, but wouldn’t take the job. While he said he wouldn’t do VII, he said nothing about a different Star Wars film. Vulture has learned that the Man of Steel and 300 director will be working a Star Wars film outside of the upcoming new trilogy.
Vulture is reporting that Snyder is developing a Star Wars film for Lucasfilm that is set in the same galaxy, and parallel to the new trilogy. It is supposedly a Jedi story loosely based on Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 Seven Samurai. The ronin and katana will be replaced with Jedis and lightsabers. As of now it’s not determined where the film will fall in the chronology of the new trilogy “but one insider expects it will not be considered part of the “numbered” episodes, but rather a stand-alone film set sometime post–Episode VI events, meaning the next phase of the franchise development is much broader than previously thought.“
George Lucas has said on numerous occasions that he thinks Seven Samurai is a great film he really admires. It’s not too far of a stretch to see the story of masterless samurai being adapted with a Star Wars twist. You can read Vulture’s full rundown by clicking here. So we still don’t know who is directing Episode VII, but we get word on another film. What do you think about Snyder taking on one of the films?
Source : Vulture