300's Synder Denies Working on Seven Samurai-Based Star Wars Plans

posted on 2013-01-14 22:26 EST

Zack Snyder's agent denied reports by entertainment site Vulture that the 300 and The Watchmen director is working on a Star Wars spinoff film loosely based on Akira Kurosawa's The Seven Samurai. "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." Vulture stands by its initial report, stating:

Vulture takes the accuracy of its reports very seriously. And while a piece published in The Hollywood Reporter this evening quotes Snyder's rep as saying that the director "is not involved in any way with the new Star Wars," Vulture stands by its story. This reporter heard through a source very familiar with the situation that Snyder recently flew up to Marin County to meet with Lucasfilm execs about the project.

Director George Lucas has stated that the Star Wars IV: A New Hope was influenced by Akira Kurosawa's film The Hidden Fortress. The Star Wars: The Clone Wars television series already paid homage to The Seven Samurai with the episode "Bounty Hunters." (The Seven Samurai also inspired the anime series Samurai 7.)

Source: The Hollywood Reporter via Vulture, Kotaku

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