Update: Snyder's rep has shot down Vulture's report, in a statement to the Hollywood Reporter. The spokesperson said: "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." Borys Kit of THR added: "That means no Episode VII, VIII or IX, and no offshoot movies, the rep confirms." So perhaps this isn't happening. We're eager to hear more.
Original post: We knew Man of Steel director Zack Snyder was definitely not directing Star Wars: Episode VII, but he is apparently working on his own Star Wars project. The project, according to Claude Brodesser-Akner at Vulture, is a "Jedi epic" that will be "loosely based" on Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai. (Aiming for the Criterion Collection, are we, Star Wars?) As Brodesser-Akner points out, that film is one of George Lucas' favorite.
Brodesser-Akner says Snyder engaged in a bit of misdirection when he denied he'd take on Episode VII when he told the Los Angeles Times he didn't "think I’d be interested in [directing it]" and "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."