Zack Snyder’s ‘Star Wars’ Pitch Was a ‘Big Ask’ Since It Had No Pre-Existing Characters and an R-Rating: ‘That Was Almost a Non-Starter’ |

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Zack Snyder’s abstraction opera “Rebel Moon” is coming to Netflix astatine nan extremity of nan year, but it would’ve been a “Star Wars” movie had nan “Justice League” director’s original scheme for nan task panned out. The thought for “Rebel Moon” started retired arsenic a transportation for a Snyder-directed “Star Wars” movie that Lucasfilm heard aft Disney acquired nan workplace successful 2012 for $4.05 billion. Snyder was successful post-production connected “Man of Steel” erstwhile he made his “Star Wars” transportation to Lucasfilm.

Snyder said successful a caller question and reply with Empire magazine that “a ‘Star Wars’ movie” was “my original concept” for “Rebel Moon,” adding, “It was ‘Seven Samurai’ successful space. I knew that nan origins for George [Lucas] were a batch of those Kurosawa films.”

“The waste [of Lucasfilm to Disney] had conscionable happened,” Snyder continued. “There was that model where, you know, who knows what’s possible? I was like, ‘I don’t want immoderate of your characters. I don’t want to do thing pinch immoderate known characters, I conscionable want to do my ain point connected nan side.’ And primitively I was like, ‘It should beryllium rated R!’ That was almost a non-starter.”

With no-preexisting characters successful nan operation and a imaginable R-rated story, Snyder was afloat alert that his “Star Wars” transportation was a reliable sell.

“I knew it was a large ask, to beryllium honest,” Snyder said. “But nan deeper I sewage into it, I realized it was astir apt ne'er going to beryllium what I wanted.”

“Rebel Moon” is simply a abstraction opera that follows a young female surviving successful a serene colony connected nan outskirts of nan galaxy. She’s fixed nan task of uncovering warriors who tin fend disconnected an impending penetration by nan despotic Regent Balisarius. The formed includes Sofia Boutella, Charlie Hunnam, Djimon Hounsou, Ray Fisher, Doona Bae, Jena Malone, Staz Nair, E. Duffy and Michiel Huisman.

“Rebel Moon” was written arsenic 1 movie, but Netflix became hesitant aft Snyder delivered a 172-page draft. At that length, “Rebel Moon” would’ve clocked astir 3 hours. The filmmaker and nan workplace past agreed to divided nan task into 2 movies, nan first of which arrives successful December. Snyder besides told Vanity Fair earlier this twelvemonth that each movie will person 2 cuts. One trim is simply a movie that “anyone tin bask and watch,” and 1 trim will beryllium much definitive and strictly for adults.

“I deliberation for fans of excavation and group who are fresh to return a deeper, harder dive, that’ll beryllium nosy for them,” Snyder added.

“Rebel Moon” streams December 22 connected Netflix.