Star Wars-influenced Rebel Moon to be Zack Snyder’s next film

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Set to riff on both Star Wars and Akira Kurosawa, Zack Snyder’s next film – Rebel Moon – will be heading to Netflix.

After years of battles with Warner Bros over the making of Justice League and the creative direction of the DC Extended Universe of films, Zack Snyder seems to have found a happy home at Netflix. The streaming giant after all is known for letting its creators operate relatively freely, and is earning the type of reputation as ‘filmmaker-friendly’ that Warner Bros used to pride itselfon. (True, it does have a habit of cancelling shows without warning, but filmmakers like Snyder are less affected by that.)

Following his recent zombie action romp, Army Of The Dead, Snyder has announced that his next project will be housed at Netflix too. Rebel Moon is a sci-fi adventure where ‘the story is set in motion when a peaceful colony on the edge of the galaxy is threatened by the armies of a tyrannical regent named Balisarius. Desperate people dispatch a young woman with a mysterious past to seek out warriors from neighbouring planets to help them make a stand.’

If it all sounds like it could have emerged from a certain ‘galaxy far, far away’, that’s because it apparently did. Snyder was apparently developing a Star Wars project over a decade ago for a pre-Disney Lucasfilm. That obviously didn’t work out but he has reportedly retooled the story to exist outside of the Star Wars universe.

Snyder has been chatting about his hope for the film’s potential to launch a colossal franchise too. “This is me growing up as an Akira Kurosawa fan, a Star Wars fan. It’s my love of sci-fi and a giant adventure. My hope is that this also becomes a massive IP and a universe that can be built out… I’ve spent the last two or three years building out this universe. Every corner has to be painted in. I’ve been doing designs, constantly drawing and really cultivating its fertile ground to make this world fully realised”.

The film is due to go into production next year. Snyder has referenced some big hitters in his announcement, but ambition certainly isn’t something the filmmaker lacks. We’ll let you know when we hear more.

The Hollywood Reporter

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