Is Zack Snyder Planning a New Star Wars Film?

In what would be a surprising move, rumors at Vulture today suggest that Man of Steel director Zack Snyder is prepping for an action film set in the Star Wars universe.

The site suggests that this new, temporarily untitled film would loosely remake Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, set in the past of George Lucas’ sci-fi universe.

Snyder himself responded to rumors about him directing the highly-anticipated Episode VII late last year.

“I don’t think I’d be interested in directing it,” Snyder told the LA Times. “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.”

Now it appears that Snyder’s comments could have been clever misdirection, hinting at his interest in the cinematic saga without revealing that his plans are unconnected to the new trilogy.

UPDATE: The Hollywood Reporter has spoken with representatives for Zack Snyder, who issued the following statement:

“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’.”

Although it looks like this story has officially been debunked, check back for any additional updates should they become available.

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