Zack Snyder’s Rebel Moon was once planned to become a Star Wars movie over at Lucasfilm with a “Seven Samurai”-inspired “Seven Jedi” storyline.
Due to Snyder’s specific plans for the project such as its R rating aim and original story, the project later ended up moving from Disney’s IP to its own property that now has no canonical connection to the Star Wars franchise.
Something that Deborah Snyder seemed to be happy with as she told /Film that she “never wanted” Rebel Moon to be “a Star Wars film”.
Rebel Moon’s Team Glad They’re Not Tied To Star Wars
During the same interview with /Film, Producer Deborah Snyder added that she originally told her husband Zack Snyder “‘I just feel like your hands are going to be tied so much in what that IP is’”.
Deborah Snyder said that she “was kind of happy when that fell apart because I always felt like it was better.”
She also went on to reflect on their experience in the DC world of Hollywood, adding that they “learned so much with all our years working with the superheroes and creating those worlds”.
“We got to do a little bit of that in the world of zombies, and with Las Vegas, but to do something that is fantastical, we say it’s a science fantasy more than science fiction, and to take all those skills that Zack has been honing, and to do something in this space, just seemed really exciting” she added.
“F*** Star Wars!”
Additionally, Producer Eric Newman also chipped in during the same interview to share his initial reaction to finding out that Rebel Moon was heading outside of the Star Wars universe.
Newman started by first sharing his initial thoughts on Snyder’s Star Wars plans, which were seemingly positive to begin with:
“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.’”
However, once Rebel Moon later became its own thing, Newman shared how his reaction went from “cool” to “let’s do this”!
“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! F*** ‘Star Wars!’ Let’s do this as a TV show.’”
Starring in Rebel Moon includes Sofia Boutella as Kora, Cleopatra Coleman as Devra Bloodaxe, Ed Skrein as Admiral Atticus Noble, Charlie Hunnam as Kai, and Jena Malone as Harmada.
Also starring is Cary Elwes, Anthony Hopkins, and Michiel Huisman, with Djimon Hounsou, and Corey Stoll, among others.
The movie will be split into two parts, with both release dates being months apart. Rebel Moon drops on Netflix on December 22, 2023. Rebel Moon: Part Two – The Scargiver drops on April 19, 2024.