A long time ago (well, probably around 2012) in a galaxy far, far away (actually more like Los Angeles), Zack Snyder heard that Disney was buying Lucasfilm and that new “Star Wars” movies were likely. Yet while the director’s pitch for a standalone film set in the universe of George Lucas’ creations ultimately failed to click with Kathleen Kennedy and co., he’s now been able to revamp the concept into his own movie. science fiction… Or movies, as he will explain below.
“Rebel Moon” is produced under Snyder’s big deal with Netflix, set up around the time of the zombie thriller “Army of the Dead.” It’s an ambitious “Seven Samurai” style story of scrappy heroes battling against a towering empire, with more than a few echoes of its original destination.
But unlike the more normal “Star Wars” family fare, “Rebel Moon” will have a harder edge, with Snyder planning both an all-ages cut and something he describes as “for my fans and people who are ready to take a deeper and more challenging dive.
What is the story of ‘Rebel Moon’?
“Rebel Moon” focuses on the farming moon of Veldt, part of a sprawling galaxy of planets overseen by the fierce and all-powerful Imperium that watches over the other planets from its home base in Mother World.
As Imperium forces expand into the Veldt region, they target the moon as a potentially rich source of food and new recruits. But the natives, not too happy that their already struggling existence is threatened, turn to newcomer Kora (Sofia Boutella) for help.
The lone woman, who has her own background with the Imperium, knows it would be foolish to try and broker a better deal with the mighty government, so she gathers fighters who could be useful against the power of the enemy. But keeping the alliances together won’t be so easy…
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Who else is in ‘Rebel Moon’
Alongside Boutella, the cast also includes Charlie Hunnam, Michiel Huisman, Djimon Hounsou, Staz Nair, Doona Bae, Ray Fisher, Cleopatra Coleman, E. Duffy, Jena Malone, Anthony Hopkins, Fra Fee and Ed Skrein.
Two films to start?
Although Snyder originally wrote a big script for the first movie, the powers that be at Netflix decided it wouldn’t work as a giant movie. So a change was made…
Says Deborah Snyder, the director’s wife and regular producing partner:
“The script was originally a movie, but it was in the form of ‘Zack; It was 172 pages. [Netflix film chairman Scott] Stuber was like, “On the service, movies under two hours really do better for some reason,” even though you’ll be watching an eight-episode series. Zack said, ‘If you ask me to do this in less than two hours, I’m going to lose the whole character. You won’t care about these people. It’s a character story about how people can change, and redemption, and what are you willing to fight for…’ So he said, ‘What if I give you two movies?’
The first installment of “Rebel Moon” is set to hit Netflix on December 22.
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