For a couple of months we’ve heard speculation about big name directors turning down the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII gig, but now we’re hearing about Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) potentially developing a separate timeline Star Wars film.
Reportedly the film is going to be fashioned after the Japanese classic The Seven Samurai, as the The Hollywood Reporter notes, however Snyder has stated that he’s not been approached by Disney about doing a Star Wars film. Snyder’s next film, The Man of Steel, is due out this summer and he doesn’t have much lined up after that.
However, a representative of Snyder’s told THR that that is not the plan;
“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 rep specifically stated that Snyder would not have time for Episode VII, VIII, or IX and any offshoot films that center around the Star Wars universe. LucasFilm and Disney have already tabbed writer Michael Arndt to pen the script for the upcoming first film of the new trilogy.