Zack Snyder has a Star Wars and Kurosawa-influenced sci-fi movie in the works for Netflix, titled Rebel Moon — here’s what we know about it.
What do we know about Zack Snyder‘s forthcoming Netflix sci-fi movie Rebel Moon? On the heels of the debut of Snyder’s first Netflix movie, Army of the Dead, news has arrived that the space sci-fi movie will be Snyder’s next collaboration as director with the streaming giant. It also marks the latest chapter in a significant partnership Snyder has formed with Netflix with the two films, and the upcoming animated projects Twilight of the Gods and Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas.
Rebel Moon was born out of an unrealized Star Wars project conceived by Snyder, which will now be reworked into an original sci-fi movie. In the project’s official announcement, Snyder stated that his growing up a fan of both Star Wars and Akira Kurosawa movies will be a major influence on Rebel Moon. As with the groundwork laid for the Army of the Dead universe, Snyder also hopes that Rebel Moon will serve as the basis for a new IP for Netflix to expand upon.
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2021 has been quite a year for Snyder, with the release of Army of the Dead preceded by the HBO Max debut of his much clamored for original cut of Justice League, released as Zack Snyder’s Justice League. Snyder and Netflix clearly have big plans for the future, and with Rebel Moon effectively being “Zack Snyder’s Star Wars,” his fan base and all-around sci-fi fans will surely hang on every development of the upcoming space adventure. Here’s everything we currently know about Rebel Moon.
Rebel Moon Release Date Info
The reported plan is for Rebel Moon to enter production sometime in 2022, so it will probably hit Netflix sometime in either 2023 or 2024. It’s also worth noting that Snyder’s smaller project Horse Latitudes has faced production delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Depending on how much of a factor the pandemic still is by the intended start date of Rebel Moon, that will obviously have to be weighed in how the film enters production. The majority of Snyder’s films have also been released in the month of March, so it’s a decent bet that Rebel Moon will follow that pattern.
Rebel Moon Story Details
Rebel Moon is said to focus on a peaceful colony residing on the edge of the galaxy, who find themselves under siege by an intergalactic tyrant known as Balisarius. This leads the inhabitants of the planet to recruit a young woman to summon warriors from other planets to help them fight off the coming attack. With Snyder’s reference to Kurosawa in the film’s announcement, it’s easy to see the Seven Samurai influence on Rebel Moon. What will be especially interesting is what the film looks like after having its ties to Star Wars removed. At the moment, that’s all that’s known about the story, though Army of the Dead co-writer Shay Hatten and 300 co-screenwriter Kurt Johnstad are also reportedly on board, and under Snyder’s direction, viewers can surely expect lots of big-scale action scenes and comic book-influenced visuals when Rebel Moon finally lands on Netflix.
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