Director Zack Snyder discusses his contentment with the decision to premiere his film "Rebel Moon" on Netflix rather than in traditional theaters, largely due to his affinity for extended cuts. In a recent conversation with Polygon, Snyder elaborated on his perspective, expressing his dissatisfaction with the current theatrical release model and asserting that a streaming platform suits his distribution preferences.
"In terms of this project, a theatrical release didn't hold great appeal for me, especially considering the dichotomy between PG-13 versions and extended cuts," Snyder stated. He further emphasized that the theatrical model somewhat diminishes the project's energy.
In anticipation of the movie's Netflix debut, the streaming giant confirmed the availability of two distinct versions of the film. Snyder's Director's Cut will include an additional 30 minutes of fresh footage. Snyder has a penchant for Director's Cuts and shared his amusement, recounting conversations with his ardent fans who encouraged him to retain the extended versions.
"The discussions with Netflix early on integrated this into the plan," he chuckled. Beyond the extended editions of "Rebel Moon," the narrative has been divided into two separate films, with the second installment arriving shortly after the first.
Snyder's Insight: Crafting Deeper Narratives Through Director's Cuts
"For me, given the nature of my conceptualizations, there's often a significant depth required to convey a comprehensive narrative. These director's cuts, within a vacuum, reflect the film's true essence.
It's an intrinsic aspect of my relationship with my supporters," Snyder elucidated. "Rebel Moon" chronicles the journey of Kora, portrayed by Sofia Boutella, as she traverses galaxies to assemble a team of warriors aimed at resisting the invading forces of a malevolent empire led by Regent Balisarius, portrayed by Fra Fee.
Originally envisioned as a more rugged interpretation of the Star Wars concept, Snyder's pitch was declined by Lucasfilm, prompting him to realize his vision independently. The first installment of "Rebel Moon," titled "A Child of Fire," is scheduled to grace Netflix screens on December 22nd.
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