‘Rebel Moon’ Producers Happy Zack Snyder’s Film Didn’t Join ‘Star Wars’ Universe

Zack Snyder’s upcoming Netflix sci-fi epic Rebel Moon began life as a pitch for a Kurosawa-inspired Star Wars samurai movie. Everybody knows that, but what we didn’t know is that Snyder was apparently the only one who really wanted that pitch to Lucasfilm to work out. At least two of the film’s producers are quite pleased it fell through.

Producers Deborah Snyder (also Zack’s wife) and Eric Newman revealed at the Rebel Moon press conference why they were happy it never ended up in a galaxy far far away…

“Once, it was a Star Wars film, and I never wanted it to be,” Deborah Snyder said.

“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.”

Newman had even more to say about the film’s origin and another possible route it could’ve taken…

“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! [frick] ‘Star Wars!’ Let’s do this as a TV show.’”

Obviously, the TV show didn’t materialize…yet. Along with the two-part movie coming in December 2023 and April 2024, Snyder has loads of plans to expand the franchise, including a possible TV series centered on the tyrannical Regent Balisarius played by Fra Fee. [via /Film]

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