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November 08, 2012

Zack Snyder on directing new ‘Star Wars’ movie: No thanks

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Zack Snyder. (Paul Buck / European Pressphoto Agency)

Take Zack Snyder off the shortlist of directors vying to helm one of the three new “Star Wars” movies that are now in the works.

The director of “Watchmen” and “Man of Steel” knows a thing or two about spectacle and handling massive franchises with a rabid fan following, but taking on “Star Wars” may be too daunting, even for him.

“I don’t think I’d be interested in [directing it],” Snyder said during a recent interview. “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.”

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Word of the new films came Oct. 30 with the announcement that the Walt Disney Co. had agreed to acquire Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion. The first of the new series, Episode VII, is due in theaters in 2015, and with George Lucas serving only as a “creative consultant,” speculation has been rampant about who might take the reins of the franchise behind the camera.

Currently, fans are buzzing about the possibility that “Kick-Ass” director Matthew Vaughn could be a favorite for the job, given his recent unexpected departure from the upcoming “X-Men” sequel. But Vaughn’s participation is only speculative at this point.

Snyder, of course, will be back in the multiplex himself very soon with “Man of Steel,” his take on the Superman legend starring Henry Cavill, which will fly into theaters in 3-D next summer.

– Patrick Kevin Day

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