Zack Snyder Plans ‘Harder’ Cuts From His ‘Rebel Moon’ Movies
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Zack Snyder Plans ‘Harder’ Cuts From His ‘Rebel Moon’ Movies

Director/writer/producer Zack Snyder on the set of ‘Rebel Moon’. Photo: Clay Enos/Netflix © 2023.

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.

Sofia Boutella as Kora in

Sofia Boutella as Kora in “Rebel Moon”. Photo: Clay Enos/Netflix © 2023.

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…

Doona Bae as Nemesis, Ray Fisher as Bloodaxe, Staz Nair as Tarak, Michiel Huisman as Gunnar, Sofia Boutella as Kora, Charlie Hunnam as Kai, E. Duffy as Milius and Djimon Hounsou as Titus in

(L to R) Doona Bae as Nemesis, Ray Fisher as Bloodaxe, Staz Nair as Tarak, Michiel Huisman as Gunnar, Sofia Boutella as Kora, Charlie Hunnam as Kai, E. Duffy as Milius and Djimon Hounsou as Titus in ‘Rebel Moon. ‘ ‘ ‘ Photo: Clay Enos/Netflix ©

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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.

Ed Skrein as Atticus Noble in

Ed Skrein as Atticus Noble in “Rebel Moon”. Photo: Justin Lubin/Netflix © 2023.

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.

Director/writer/producer Zack Snyder and producer Deborah Snyder on the set of

(L to R) Director/writer/producer Zack Snyder and producer Deborah Snyder on the set of ‘Rebel Moon.’ Photo: Clay Enos/Netflix © 2023.

Director/writer/producer Zack Snyder on the set of

Director/writer/producer Zack Snyder on the set of ‘Rebel Moon’. Photo: Clay Enos/Netflix © 2023.

Sofia Boutella as Kora and Djimon Hounsou as Titus in

(L to R) Sofia Boutella as Kora and Djimon Hounsou as Titus in ‘Rebel Moon.’ Photo: Clay Enos/Netflix © 2023.

Doona Bae as Nemesis and Michiel Huisman as Gunnar in

(L to R) Doona Bae as Nemesis and Michiel Huisman as Gunnar in ‘Rebel Moon.’ Photo: Clay Enos/Netflix © 2023.

Charlie Hunnam as Kai in

Charlie Hunnam as Kai in “Rebel Moon”. Photo: Clay Enos/Netflix © 2023.

Staz Nair as Tarak in

Staz Nair as Tarak in “Rebel Moon”. Photo: Chris Strother/Netflix © 2023.

Sofia Boutella as Kora and Michael Huisman as Gunnar in

(L to R) Sofia Boutella as Kora and Michiel Huisman as Gunnar in ‘Rebel Moon’. Photo: Chris Strother/Netflix © 2023.

E. Duffy as Milius and Starz Nair as Tarak in

(L to R) E. Duffy as Milius and Staz Nair as Tarak in ‘Rebel Moon.’ Photo: Courtesy of Netflix © 2023.

Ed Skrein as Atticus Noble in

Ed Skrein as Atticus Noble in “Rebel Moon”. Photo: Chris Strother/Netflix © 2023.

A scene from

A scene from “Rebel Moon”. Photo: Netflix © 2023.

“Rebel Moon”. Photo: Courtesy of Netflix © 2023.

Doona Bae as Nemesis in

Doona Bae as Nemesis in “Rebel Moon”. Photo: Clay Enos/Netflix © 2023.

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