UPDATE: Snyder’s representatives released the following statement to The Hollywood Reporter, which pretty much kills the rumor mentioned below of a samurai-inspired Star Wars: “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.”
300 and Man of Steel director Zach Snyder publicly stated he had no interest in directing Star Wars: VII in an interview with the Los Angeles Times last November. But according to Vulture, the filmmaker is developing a separate Star Wars project for Lucasfilm that takes place outside of the plot of the new trilogy.
The movie is described as a “Jedi epic loosely based on Akira Kurosa’s 1954 classic Seven Samurai, with the ronin and katana being replaced by the Force-wielding knights and their iconic lightsabers.”
Seven Samurai takes place in a 17th century Japan village under attack by thieves where seven unemployed samurai (ronin) are hired to help defend the harvest. The Magnificent Seven is the American western remake of the famous film. The announcement of this film is consistent with Disney CEO Bob Iger’s plan to release a new Star Wars feature film every two to three years.
Vulture’s sources also report that Snyder’s film would begin production after Disney starts on the previously scheduled 2015 release of Star Wars: Episode VII.