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Apparently so. Or at least, that’s the current going rumor courtesy of Vulture.
The site reports that Snyder (director of this year’s Superman reboot “Man of Steel”), is currently prepping a standalone “Star Wars” movie set within the George Lucas universe, but won’t be a part of the three new “Star Wars” trilogy of films (Episodes 7 to 9) that Disney is currently getting ready to embark on.
Or as the site puts it, Snyder’s “Star Wars” film will be “a stand-alone film set sometime post–Episode VI events, meaning the next phase of the franchise development is much broader than previously thought.”
The movie will also utilize the plot of Akira Kurosawa’s classic Samurai film “The Seven Samurai”. For those who have never seen the Kurosawa film (or the Hollywood remake, “The Magnificent Seven”, which swapped the Samurai with gunfighters in the Old West), first of all, shame on you. Secondly, the plot finds a small farming village under siege by bandits; fed up, the villages hire seven Samurai to defend them.
Kurosawa’s film has been remade countless times, though not necessarily with seven protagonists, but the main foundation has always been the same — a small band of highly skilled and highly flawed individuals put their lives on the line to protect strangers as a form of redemption for past evil sins.
Snyder has said previously that he wasn’t interested in directing any of the three “Star Wars” movies that Disney was planning, but he never said anything about not directing a standalone movie set in the “Star Wars” universe…
Snyder’s spokesman has denied any involvement with “Star Wars”, telling THR:
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.
Of course, this wouldn’t be the first time a spokesman has flat-out lied to the press. We shall see…