Director Zack Snyder has denied that he is developing a Star Wars spin-off based on classic Japanese adventure movie Seven Samurai.
Vulture reported yesterday (January 14) that Snyder’s film would be separate from the new trilogy of Star Wars movies, Episodes VII, VIII and IX, but set within the Star Wars galaxy.
Often listed among the greatest films of all time, 1954’s Seven Samurai is known to be a personal favourite of George Lucas. It focuses on a village of farmers who hire seven ronin – or masterless samurai – to combat bandits planning to steal their crops. Snyder’s film was rumoured to be “loosely based” on the original, replacing the ronin with Jedi knights brandishing lightsabers.
However, Snyder (pictured) has quickly dismissed this report. His spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter: “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.”
Disney has slated Star Wars: Episode VII for release in 2015 and hired Toy Story 3 writer Michael Arndt to pen the script. Meanwhile, the search for a director is apparently down to “a couple of candidates”, with X-Men‘s Matthew Vaughn reportedly “in talks”.
Snyder’s Man Of Steel, a reboot of the Superman franchise starring Henry Cavill as Clark Kent, is set for release on June 14 (2013). Scroll down and click ‘play’ to watch the trailer.