Rebel Moon Director's Cut: Potentially Among Longest Films Ever



by NOUMAN RASOOL

Rebel Moon Director's Cut: Potentially Among Longest Films Ever
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Zack Snyder's upcoming sci-fi epic, "Rebel Moon," is poised to make waves not only for its cinematic grandeur but also for its potential to become one of the longest films ever made. The director's cut of the film, which is set to be released on Netflix, is anticipated to rival even Snyder's previous opus, "Zack Snyder's Justice League," in terms of length.

In a recent conversation with IGN, Snyder shared that the initial release of "Rebel Moon" would be divided into two parts. The first installment, titled "Rebel Moon Part 1: A Child of Fire," is locked in at a robust two hours and is scheduled to hit screens in December.

Meanwhile, the second part, "Rebel Moon Part 2: The Scargiver," set for release in April 2024, is still undergoing editing, with its exact runtime yet to be determined, though Snyder hints it's currently under two hours. When both parts are combined, the total runtime of "Rebel Moon" is estimated to be around four hours, comparable to the extended edition of "Zack Snyder's Justice League." However, the forthcoming director's cut of "Rebel Moon" is set to surpass even this runtime.

Snyder confirmed in a Netflix Tudum interview that the extended cut would feature nearly an hour of additional content. If this extended version incorporates every scene from the two-part epic along with the extra footage, the director's cut could extend to approximately five hours.

Challenging Cinematic Length Records

This runtime would place "Rebel Moon" in the realm of the longest films in history, potentially making it one of the lengthiest English-language films to date. For reference, the 1963 film "Cleopatra" currently holds the record with a runtime of four hours and eight minutes.

If "Rebel Moon" achieves a combined runtime of four hours, it would secure a spot as the second-longest Hollywood film ever made, surpassing classics like "Gone With the Wind." Yet, even with its extended runtime, "Rebel Moon" would have quite a journey ahead to claim a spot in the top 10 list of longest films of all time.

The competition includes a Filipino crime drama from 2006, "Heremias," clocking in at a staggering eight hours and 39 minutes, while the longest film title goes to the 2019 Bangladeshi Bengali film "Amra Ekta Cinema Banabo," with an astounding runtime of 21 hours and five minutes.

As fans anticipate the release of "Rebel Moon" and its director's cut, it's clear that Snyder's ambitious project is poised to make a significant mark in cinematic history, not only for its narrative depth and visual spectacle but also for its potential to secure a prominent place among the longest films ever crafted.

So, while the prospect of a five-hour runtime might seem daunting, the ability to experience it in segments on Netflix offers viewers the convenience to embark on this cinematic journey at their own pace.