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Updated: Zack Snyder denies he is directing non-trilogy 'Star Wars' film

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Zack Snyder has denied that he is prepping a new non-trilogy Star Wars film.

The Man of Steel filmmaker was one of the rumoured candidates to be directing Star Wars Episode VII last year prior to Vulture reporting that he was actually working on a separate movie to run parallel to the new trilogy.

‘Sucker Punch’ director Zack Snyder attending the film’s London premiere

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Snyder's film was said to be loosely based on Akira Kurosawa's classic movie Seven Samurai, the 1954 feature film about group of ronin defending a village against bandits.

The rumoured Star Wars adaptation would have apparently replaced ronin with Jedis and moved the story into the continuity of the franchise's new trilogy. George Lucas has long cited Seven Samurai among his favourite films and has often praised Kurasawa as one of his favourite filmmakers.

A spokesperson for Snyder has now given a public statement denying that the filmmaker has any Star Wars-related projects lined up at this time.

"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," Snyder's representative told The Hollywood Reporter.

George Lucas with Hayden Christensen's Anakin Skywalker.

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Star Wars Episode VII is being written by Toy Story 3 screenwriter Michael Arndt, although a director has not yet been hired.

Joss Whedon, Guillermo del Toro, JJ Abrams, Wes Anderson and Steven Spielberg have all ruled out helming the next Star Wars sequel.

Star Wars Episode 7 is expected to be released in 2015.

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