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UPDATE: THR has spoken with one of Snyder’s representatives and they have denied the reports that the director is working on something in the Star Wars universe. Said the rep, “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.

Zack Snyder will not be directing Star Wars: Episode VII, but that's not going to keep him from playing in the Star Wars universe.

As many have suspected in the wake of Disney acquiring Lucasfilm, we're going to start seeing a whole lot more stories set in a galaxy far far away, and now Vulture reports that the Man of Steel director will be the first to give a parallel story a shot. They say he's making a film loosely based on Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai-- which of course, was also the inspiration for the classic Western The Magnificent Seven. Snyder's film would reportedly take place sometime after the events of Episode VI, which means we're leaping into the future, and probably a time that has nothing to do with Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader or all the rest. The film wouldn't have a number like all the other entires, but it's possible it might be intended to kick off a brand new Star Wars series all its own.

Given that Disney CEO Bob Iger has said they intend to release a new Star Wars feature film every two or three years, this kind of parallel movie-- potentially made on a smaller budget than you usually expect for Star Wars-- could help make that possible. It's unclear when Snyder would have the time to start the film, since he's presumably in line to direct a Man of Steel sequel if that one succeeds, but you have to assume he'll make a Star Wars movie a priority.

Is Zack Snyder the right guy to make a Star Wars movie, even if it won't be an official sequel or prequel? Do you like the idea of telling parallel stories set within the same universe? Sound off below.