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Is Zack Snyder developing a 'Star Wars' film set alongside the upcoming trilogy?

Is Zack Snyder developing a 'Star Wars' film set alongside the upcoming trilogy?Is Zack Snyder developing a 'Star Wars' film set alongside the upcoming trilogy?

Director Zack Snyder may be working on a 'Star Wars' film set alongside the upcoming trilogy.

A report from Vulture claims that the project will be a loose remake of Akira Kurosawa's classic film 'Seven Samurai' set within the 'Star Wars' galaxy.

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If true, the film will be a spin-off from the numbered films already confirmed to be starting from 2015 with 'Episode 7'.

The report reads: "One insider expects it will not be considered part of the "numbered" episodes, but rather a stand-alone film set sometime post-'Episode VI' events."

Vulture also claimed that the story would run "parallel" to the impending trilogy.

Snyder is currently in post-production on his latest project 'Man of Steel', a reboot of the Superman series.

After his company's acquisition of LucasFilm last year Disney CEO Bob Iger said that their long term plan "is to release a new 'Star Wars' feature film every two to three years" after 'Episode 7'.

This latest news would fit with that philosophy but as of yet there has been no official confirmation.

Whilst speaking to the LA Times last year Snyder claimed he wouldn't be interested in directing 'Episode 7', adding: "I'm a huge 'Star Wars' fanatic, I just think doing [episodes] seven, eight and nine is just a slippery slope. It's a whole other mythological experiment I'm excited to see, but it's a lot of effort."

'Seven Samurai' is famously one of George Lucas' favourite films and an influence on the early 'Star Wars' films.