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Zack Snyder Developing Star Wars Spinoff Based on Seven Samurai?

Zack Snyder might not be directing one of the episodes in the new Star Wars trilogy, but he still appears to be working on something for the Disney-owned franchise. A new report contends the Man of Steel director will helm a Star Wars spinoff, likely one of the films that Laurence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are working on.

According to Vulture, the movie “will not be considered part of the ‘numbered’ episodes, but rather a stand-alone film set sometime post–Episode VI events.” The project reportedly will be loosely based on Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai.

There’s no word yet on an anticipated timeline. However, Disney CEO Bob Iger had said fans can expect a Star Wars feature film “every two or three years” after Star Wars: Episode VII debuts in 2015, so it could be that some of those projects will be spinoffs while others will be numbered sequels. A Lucasfilm representative declined to comment on the Vulture piece.

When he was asked in November about directing Star Wars: Episode VII, Snyder told the Los Angeles Times he had no interest in touching the franchise.

“I don’t think I’d be interested in [directing it],” he said. “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.”

Updated (2:45 p.m.): Snyder’s spokesperson denies the Vulture report, telling Heat Vision, “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.” The representative clarified that means no Episode VII, VII or IX, and no spinoffs.

Vulture stands by its story.


  • Doug Glassman

    A Star Wars version of Seven Samurai? If it doesn’t have Jaxxon and Don-Wan Kihotay, I call blasphemy.

  • Chuck

    Wild Card anyone?

  • Rolandmaschine

    This guy makes the crappiest movies.

  • Peter Hohman

    Seeing as Star Wars was not exactly The Hidden Fortress in space but pretty close, this actually seems like a brilliant idea.

  • Dunkah

    Surely that’s just Battle Beyond The Stars, right?

  • Otaku-sempai

    It’s been done–by Archie Goodwin back in the Marvel Comics version of STAR WARS.

  • ATK

    Seven Samurai is one of my favorite all time movies and I love that Star Wars is expanding its universe thru films and hopefully TV, but they already did Seven Samurai on Clone Wars. If he can do it better and do it Justice then more power to Zack but the first announcement for a Star Wars movie outside the trilogy is essentially a remake of a movie that they remade on tv that they are now doing a film of. I think the only way for Zach to make this right is for Me to play Jedi Kambei Shimada.

  • demoncat_4

    interesting idea wonder who will be the seven in zacks take from the star wars universe. 

  • matt

    we have a better chance of Steven Kings Dark Tower being made than this. Think of the marketing hurdle it would be to explain to movie goers that its a star wars movie thats not a sequel to episode 6, it’s a stand alone, BUT Don’t forget about Episode 7…which again has nothing to do with this…

  • Domuhde

    Yes, he does the worst movies, the absolute worst!!! How can someone even give him a job after Sucker Punch? Ridiculous…

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  • darthtigris

    Movie rumors are some of the worse.  I seriously think they are social experienments to show how the internet has affected the media’s lack of effort nowadays …

  • matt

    I agree some of his films are horrible but I don’t think he’s a bad director. I just think he’s waiting for the right project. 300 was great, and his remake of dawn of the dead was awesome also

  • Adam Walker

    It seems that the fanboys community runs totally havoc. I’ve never read so many rumors that have been passed on as news about a topic than about these new Star Wars movies. …and they start to kill my interest in anything related to Star Wars. 

  • demoncat_4

    darn and i was looking forward to see his idea of star wars done as seven samuri. guess even zack is  smart enough to not risk fans wrath by passing on star wars 

  • Joe

    Because when I think of Kurosawa, the next name that follows is Zack Snyder.