Zack Snyder, the acclaimed filmmaker known for his distinct style and epic narratives, has recently disclosed his expansive plans for 'Rebel Moon,' his latest project with Netflix. During an insightful interview with Empire magazine, Snyder opened up about the vast scope of the new film and his long-standing vision for this intriguing universe.
Beyond the Ordinary
Snyder appears determined to challenge the usual confines of storytelling with 'Rebel Moon.' He candidly shared that during his pitch to Netflix, the size and potential for sequels became a central point of discussion.
Snyder said, "They were like, 'Well, how big could it be? How many movies?' That made me go, 'Okay, if we really do this, we can sink our teeth pretty deep into this. We can't really hit the bottom.' " The title of the film, while initially perplexing, provides an intriguing glimpse into the world Snyder has imagined.
"The rebel moon is not the moon that they're on," Snyder clarified. He further revealed that the 'rebel moon' refers to a planet named Vanna, which does not feature in the first two films but forms a critical part of the narrative context.
From Concept to Creation
Interestingly, the roots of 'Rebel Moon' date back to Snyder's film school days. "The concept came from being at film school," Snyder reminisced. He originally conceptualized it as a 'defending-the-village space movie' that he thought could fit into the Star Wars universe.
However, as it progressed, it became evident that 'Rebel Moon,' with its original characters and unique storyline, was destined for its independent course. Snyder recalled, "I was in postproduction on Man of Steel. I had heard there were rumblings about possibly doing another three [Star Wars] movies at some point.
My take was that, if you just let me have the IP, I'll make this cool movie, and I won't get in the way of anything that you guys are doing." Ultimately, 'Rebel Moon' found its home at Netflix, with its plot and characters having undergone considerable transformation since its initial pitch to Lucasfilm.
Snyder concluded, "It's been literally on the back burner for a long time. I don't even know if the burner was on for a lot of that time."