Zack Snyder HAS Flown Out To Meet With LucasFilm Execs About STAR WARS Spin-Off

With Zack Snyder's spokesperson denying claims that he is developing a Star Wars spin-off for LucasFilm, Vulture (the site that first broke the news) has refuted these claims by providing more details on the Man of Steel director's possible trip to a "Galaxy Far, Far Away".

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By Josh Wilding - 1/14/2013

Earlier today, the news broke (via Vulture) that director Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen, Man of Steel) is developing, "an as-yet-untitled Jedi epic loosely based on Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 classic Seven Samurai, with the ronin and katana being replaced by the Force-wielding knights and their iconic lightsabers". His spokesperson soon denied this report by claiming that "Zack is not involved in any way with the new Star Wars" despite being a huge fan of the franchise. Well, the site weren't happy with their exclusive being debunked and were quick to provide the following details and explanation in regards to their scoop about the possible Star Wars spin-off.

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. When subsequently reached by Vulture, Snyder's spokesperson would only repeat that he "is" not currently involved. One should note the possible political ramifications here of our original story break: Snyder's last Warner Bros. film, Sucker Punch, lost millions for the studio, and execs there could have become distressed at the idea of him getting involved with another studio's franchise when they have so much at stake with their upcoming Man of Steel and want him available for an immediate sequel.


As if that's not enough for you to once again get excited over, Variety's Jeff Sneider claims to have learned the following (backing up the above report) at a screening he attended earlier today.




Source: Vulture
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Viltrumite - 1/14/2013, 6:15 PM
Both Vulture and Variety have (to my knowledge) a history of being reliable sources. I don't doubt that as of right now, Snyder isn't "officially" on the project, as in no contracts have been signed, hence his spokesperson's comment. However, spokespeople have been known to deny these sorts of things before only for it to turn out to be true later on; they simply don't want general moviegoers to have the full story until a later date. It'll probably be confirmed within a few month's time, maybe at Comic-Con or the Disney Expo.
DaenerysTargaryen - 1/14/2013, 6:16 PM
Dammit I dont know what to believe anymore. Just tell me whose directing VII. Thats all I ask!
SmellofDuty - 1/14/2013, 6:20 PM
Yes. This is exciting! If it passes we could have a very special film on our hands. Mark my words.
ATrueHero1987 - 1/14/2013, 6:32 PM
LMFAO!!
PaulRom - 1/14/2013, 6:35 PM
Yeah I think that Snyder and/or LucasFilm are interested in the project, they just haven't officially signed a contract yet. Plus, the spokesperson wouldn't want to confirm something this big before an official announcement, hence the denial. That being said, I'm incredibly excited about this project. Sounds epic.
ndwwrestler2 - 1/14/2013, 6:36 PM
I knew this was coming...just not this quick.
MrEko - 1/14/2013, 6:37 PM
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 should give it up and let this rumor die already. His reps have denied it and he has got two WB movies in development. Snyder, Nolan, del Toro, Affleck are WB's current dream team, I don't see any of them switching studios anytime soon.

Disney should announce Gore Verbinski for Ep. VII and put all these silly rumors to rest.
bazinga85 - 1/14/2013, 6:45 PM
Too many good directors are turning VII down, I' m gettin' a bit worried.
DioFoRio - 1/14/2013, 6:46 PM
hope he doesn't write it
iuhgluiblbjjkhkjhkljh - 1/14/2013, 6:47 PM
Don't do it Snyder. DC needs you.
SugarYumYum - 1/14/2013, 6:49 PM
Have no real opinion on this honestly. Reps do lie and reporters do get false information, just waiting to see how this plays out.
Jimdlux - 1/14/2013, 7:00 PM
God I hope not...
GhostKILLERgx7 - 1/14/2013, 7:08 PM
this is so confusing! wait......is the empire of mouse trying to stop the rebellion know as DC?
Lego - 1/14/2013, 7:27 PM
wow Seven Samurai mixed with light sabers. this is insane. there will be cum on the theater screen if this happens
CCB1984 - 1/14/2013, 7:28 PM
how reliable is this "unnamed" rep? he got the name of the 300 sequel wrong.. it's Rise of An Empire..Snyder is only putting his name to that as a exc. producer has really nothing to do with it, isn't directing it or editing it.. Man of Steel will be locked by May-June.. it comes down to politics with Warner Bros. he's been doing films for the studio forever if he passes on Man of Steel 2 there could be some crazy blacklash..
FirstAvenger - 1/14/2013, 7:35 PM
WYLEEJAY - 1/14/2013, 7:44 PM
So if this happened, does that mean we can count on the sarlacc being replaced by a framed Dr Manhattan?
FightAs0ne - 1/14/2013, 7:48 PM
Can't work in slo mo? I beg to differ...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyYbvVAtlWk
ElBicho - 1/14/2013, 7:50 PM
Nonononononononononono.

This guy is terrible.
LP4 - 1/14/2013, 8:02 PM
Snyder is doing the Star Wars adaption. Snyder has a penchent for lying. Remember when he denied Zod was in MOS? Yeah...
LP4 - 1/14/2013, 8:04 PM
Vulture I'm sure is telling the truth
WYLEEJAY - 1/14/2013, 8:07 PM
We will see. I hope man of steel does good. I dont like superman, but what I seen in the trailers looks like I could change my mind. Anyway, has to be better than superman returns. That did not change my mind.
WYLEEJAY - 1/14/2013, 8:08 PM
Snyders visual style would be interesting to see for star wars.
gaikinger - 1/14/2013, 8:31 PM
Sounds great...I'm in.
teinen - 1/14/2013, 8:43 PM
Actually, just remaking all those Kurosawa films that inspired Star Wars, into new Star Wars films, would be an upgrade from straight up Hollywood remakes in general. Michael Shannon could play a Sith without a suit, horns, or makeup.
AnditsOn1 - 1/14/2013, 9:01 PM
I'm just hoping he could still direct man of steel sequel....pretty PLEASE?
mgeoff88 - 1/14/2013, 9:08 PM
The movie idea sounds great, but this back and forth is getting confusing.

Even that quote on Twitter from that reporter for Variety sounds 50/50.
blkyank - 1/14/2013, 9:29 PM
I think Snyder's people shot this down so fast because he is up for Justice League if MOS is a hit and he doesn't want to piss WB off.

Sure he may have had a meeting at one point with Lucasfilm to pitch an idea for a Star Wars film but nobody can provide evidence that Lucasfilm hired him on the spot to develop his pitch,much less,produce and or direct such a film.

Having meeting with people happens all the time in Hollywood and much of the time its just that,a meeting that doesn't get any further then that.

Its great that Snyder would be included among so many other visionary genre directors of his generation for a possible role in Star Wars,but nothing here backs up Vultures original claim that Snyder was working on a Star Wars spinoff.

If we are to believe that Snyder had a meeting with Lucas film,made a pitch and was told "we'll get back to you." that doesn't add up to Snyder getting the job on a Star Wars spin off.
WYLEEJAY - 1/14/2013, 9:36 PM
Superman in a cloak with a lightsaber cutting star destroyers in half! Night owl piloting his airship down the death star trench! Baby doll using the jedi mind trick! So much fun to be had!
WYLEEJAY - 1/14/2013, 9:36 PM
Sorry. Too much vodka tonight.
blkyank - 1/14/2013, 9:44 PM
BTW,

WB likely has an option on Snyder's services to direct the MOS sequel if the studio wants one.That option would take priority over a Star Wars film.

@fettastic

Bare in mind that Singer didn't leave WB. In fact he was developing the Superman Returns sequel that would have been called "The Man of Steel."

Singer was set to direct that film when "The Dark Knight" came out and WB decided to go dark and gritty with it's DC films. Singer was cut loose by WB which decided to overhaul the cinematic Superman vs continuing the Donner version.

Singer went on to develop 'Jack the Giant Slayer" for New Line (WB) but the project was held up for awhile and Singer used the time to mend fences with FOX and develop X-Men First class.

FOX liked his pitch and hired him to direct First class, but WB put Giant slayer on the fast track and forced Singer to bow out as director.

I would expect the same thing to happen if Snyder tried to bolt out to do a Star Wars film.
CCB1984 - 1/14/2013, 9:46 PM
@fettastic actually it might be just his concept.. Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders, Jedi, Empire) and Simon Kinberg (X-Men Days of Future Past) have been hired to write/produce these Star Wars spin-offs.. wouldn't be shocked to see Kasdan to write this project for Snyder..
TheAbomination - 1/14/2013, 10:33 PM
Mine as well give it to Snyder. Every other director in Hollywood has turned this thing down.
AUSSYACE - 1/14/2013, 11:07 PM
With Disney in control of Star Wars and paying a pretty heavy penny for the rights we can expect to see spin off after spin off after spin off for a long long time to come...

Nothing new here...
WYLEEJAY - 1/14/2013, 11:09 PM
@abomination. For real yo. Nobodys chasing after these projects for some reason.
Happy11 - 1/14/2013, 11:18 PM
Where does all this hate for Snyder come from he's only done one crap movie.
WYLEEJAY - 1/14/2013, 11:24 PM
I have enjoyed all his films. Whats the crap one you refer to.
blkyank - 1/14/2013, 11:31 PM
@darthbanon

What better deal would Disney offer Snyder? leave Superman(and possibly Justice League) to do Dr.Strange or Black Panther.

Tell me has anybody whose name is not Whedon or Downey Jr gotten more money or a better deal with Marvel.

Hell,I see it as far more likely WB will be able to get Favs,Johnston or Branagh to come over for a better deal.This is, a deal with more creative control and more then one film.
JohnTom88 - 1/15/2013, 12:37 AM
Disney could offer Star Wars.

Then Marvel by itself is better than DC movie-wise. DC = Batman recycling machine + Superman. Marvel = a whole expanding universe, from Avengers to Cosmic heroes.

ElApe - 1/15/2013, 12:45 AM
Seven Jedi idea is great. Zack Snyder, the man who brought us Sucker Punch, not so great. Wait to see if he stuffs up Superman first.
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