From the creative mind of Zack Snyder comes the new epic space opera film, Rebel Moon. A great amount of information has been revealed recently thanks to Netflix’s TUDUM. Luckily, The Hollywood Handle is here to keep you up to date on all the news that has dropped thus far.
Zack Snyder’s Rebel Moon originally was a pitch for his Star Wars project to Lucasfilm. It intended to draw inspiration from George Lucas’s original inspiration: Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai. Sadly, it fell through when Disney acquired Lucasfilm. However, Snyder was able to revisit the idea and have it take place in its own universe with Netflix’s help. Netflix cemented a deal and partnered with Snyder’s production company Stone Quarry Productions, producers of the very successful Army of the Dead.
Originally, the plan was to make just one movie. The script for this movie was quite long, with 172 pages, which would have resulted in a three-hour-long film. However, Scott Stuber, Netflix films chairman, had concerns about this idea as Netflix wasn’t known for producing such lengthy movies. The Snyders refused to shorten the film, valuing the characters and their stories’ depth. Eventually, they reached an agreement to split the film into two parts, similar to Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill films.
Netflix also confirmed earlier to The New York Times that Rebel Moon would be the first in a trilogy, starting what could be a huge franchise. In addition, Snyder stated to The Hollywood Reporter that his hope was that “[Rebel Moon] also becomes a massive IP and universe that can be built out.”
Zack Snyder has already begun developing multiple projects set in the Rebel Moon universe. Earlier this year, Snyder appeared on The Nerd Queens podcast and teased that they were working on an RPG set in this universe, teasing that it was “so immersive and so intense and so huge.” The video game project is yet to have a developer announced and is most likely early in development. Snyder also announced in the same podcast that an animated short and graphic novel were also in the works.
The future of Rebel Moon is looking very bright, you now know how the movie came around. However, what exactly is it about, who’s starring in it and when will it be streaming?
What’s Rebel Moon About?
You can read the synopsis for this upcoming movie down below!
When a peaceful colony on the edge of a galaxy finds itself threatened by the armies of a tyrannical ruling force, Kora (Sofia Boutella), a mysterious stranger living among the villagers, becomes their best hope for survival.
Tasked with finding trained fighters who will unite with her in making an impossible stand against the Mother World, Kora assembles a small band of warriors — outsiders, insurgents, peasants and orphans of war from different worlds who share a common need for redemption and revenge. As the shadow of an entire Realm bears down on the unlikeliest of moons, a battle over the fate of a galaxy is waged, and in the process, a new army of heroes is formed.
Who’s Starring In Rebel Moon?
Zack Snyder has brought an extensive ensemble cast to Rebel Moon that features Sofia Boutella, Djimon Honsou, Charlie Hunnam, Michiel Huisman, Staz Nair, Doona Bae, Ray Fisher, Cleopatra Coleman, Anthony Hopkins, Jena Malone, Ed Skrein, Fra Fee, Stuart Martin, Corey Stoll, Cary Elwes, Alfonso Herrera, Rhian Rees and Ray Porter.
When and Where To Watch Rebel Moon
Rebel Moon will be landing on Netflix on December 22, 2023 with Part 2 will be following shortly. While it’ll be available to watch at home, the rumors are for there to be a limited theatrical release as seen on Dolby Cinema’s site. Snyder also has plans to release an extended R-rated cut after the release for fans of his and want to take a deeper, harder dive into the world of Rebel Moon.
Zack Snyder’s Rebel Moon releases on Netflix December 22, 2023.