Insiders filled me in how Zack Snyder’s Rebel Moon first started off as Star Wars, which Snyder confirmed, and now Snyder’s producer wife and another producer of the movie add more and go so far as to say f’k Star Wars.
Various journalists were asked by Zack Snyder to participate in a promo for Rebel Moon, where Deborah Snyder confirms Rebel Moon was first a Star Wars movie, but she says she never wanted it to be Star Wars and she is happy that things fell apart.
Deborah Snyder never wanted Rebel Moon to be Star Wars
“Once, it was a Star Wars film, and I never wanted it to be. I remember, I said to Zack, ‘I just feel like your hands are going to be tied so much in what that IP is,’ even though it kind of lived outside of it. So I was kind of happy when that fell apart, because I always felt like it was better. We learned so much with all our years working with the superheroes and creating those worlds, and to do something now that’s wholly original — we got to do a little bit of that in the world of zombies, and with Las Vegas, but to do something that is fantastical, we say it’s a science fantasy more than science fiction, and to take all those skills that Zack has been honing, and to do something in this space, just seemed really exciting.”
Producer says f’k Star Wars
Regarding the f-bombing of Star Wars, likewise, Rebel Moon producer Eric Newman also said he is glad things fell apart regarding the film becoming Star Wars. Via IndieWire:
“I remember [Snyder] calling me at some point, and this has got to be 15 years ago, saying, ‘I’m thinking of doing Seven Jedi, in the Star Wars universe.’ And I was like, ‘Oh, that’s a cool idea,’” Newman said. “Then, a few years later, he calls me and goes, ‘You know, I think it could be a television show.’ I’m like, ‘Yes, let’s do this! Fuck ‘Star Wars!’ Let’s do this as a TV show.’”
Slash Film also reports on what Newman had to say regarding f’k Star Wars:
I remember [Zack] calling me at some point, and this has got to be 15 years ago, saying, ‘I’m thinking of doing Seven Jedi, in the Star Wars universe.’ And I was like, ‘Oh, that’s a cool idea.’ […] Then, a few years later, he calls me and goes, ‘You know, I think it could be a television show.’ I’m like, ‘Yes, let’s do this! F*** ‘Star Wars!’ Let’s do this as a TV show.’ And one of the movies that we talked a lot about way back when, from the beginning, I think we probably bonded over it, was ‘Heavy Metal,’ which I know most of you know. It was an R-rated science fantasy thing that kind of blew our minds, and you’re going to see that there are a lot of influences, and a lot of that has made its way into this film.”
Zack Snyder happy to have no rules
Zack Snyder also told Netflix he’s happy he gets to do Rebel Moon his own way:
“Star Wars’ fanbase basically aged with the movies, and then they had children that then also became fans of the movies, and their children had children who became fans of the movie. I do understand the love of Star Wars, how canonized it is… and actually how immobile it is. That’s why I’m here now doing Rebel Moon the way I’m doing it, because we really have no rules except for the ones we make.”
Rebel Moon Part One: A Child of Fire gets released on December 22, 2023, with Part Two: The Scargiver on April 19, 2024.
Rebel Moon stars Sofia Boutella, Djimon Hounsou, Ed Skrein, Michiel Huisman, Bae Doona, Ray Fisher, with Charlie Hunnam and Anthony Hopkins as the voice of “Jimmy,” with Cary Elwes, Corey Stoll, Jena Malone, Fra Fee, Cleopatra Coleman, Alfonso Herrera, Stuart Martin, Staz Nair, Sky Yang, Rhian Rees, E. Duffy, and Charlotte Maggi.
When a peaceful colony on the edge of a galaxy finds itself threatened by the armies of a tyrannical ruling force, Kora (Sofia Boutella), a mysterious stranger living among the villagers, becomes their best hope for survival.
Tasked with finding trained fighters who will unite with her in making an impossible stand against the Mother World, Kora assembles a small band of warriors — outsiders, insurgents, peasants and orphans of war from different worlds who share a common need for redemption and revenge.
As the shadow of an entire Realm bears down on the unlikeliest of moons, a battle over the fate of a galaxy is waged, and in the process, a new army of heroes is formed.