zack snyder star wars gi Zack Snyder developing 'Star Wars' movie   reportAs if taking on the Superman franchise isn’t enough, Zack Snyder is also dipping his toe into the “Star Wars” universe. The “Man of Steel” director is developing a “Star Wars” movie, though it will not be part of the new trilogy.

Vulture reports Snyder’s project will be set in the same galaxy, but would be an original storyline apart from creator George Lucas’ 9-episode saga. The idea is believed to be loosely based on Akira Kurosawa’s classic film “Seven Samurai,” in which a small town under threat of bandits hires seven rogue samurai to protect them.

When Disney purchased Lucasfilm and the rights to “Star Wars,” CEO Bob Iger made it clear the company planned to make as much use of the franchise as they could, saying, “Our long term plan is to release a new ‘Star Wars’ feature film every two to three years.” Sources say Snyder’s movie would go into production after the start of “Star Wars: Episode VII,” which is scheduled to release in 2015.

Creating in another person’s universe isn’t new to Snyder. His previous works include a remake of “Dawn of the Dead,” as well as adaptations of beloved comic books “300,” and “Watchmen.”

Update: Snyder’s rep dismissed the report in a statement to THR, saying, “While he is super flattered because he is a huge fan, Zack is not involved in any way with the new ‘Star Wars.'”

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