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Zack Snyder's Star Wars Pitch Was Shot Down For Being R-Rated And Lacking Existing Characters

The highly anticipated film will premiere on Netflix on December 22.


Zack Snyder's original pitch for Rebel Moon as a Star Wars movie faced obstacles due to its lack of pre-existing characters and potential R-rating, according to Empire magazine. In a new interview, Snyder revealed that, in the end, he wound up having a stronger desire to develop a standalone story.

In the interview, Snyder reaffirmed that "a Star Wars movie" was his initial concept for Rebel Moon, adding, "It was Seven Samurai in space. I knew that the origins for George [Lucas] were a lot of those Kurosawa films."

Shortly after Disney acquired Lucasfilm, Snyder presented his pitch, acknowledging the significant challenges associated with his idea. Snyder explained, "I don't want any of your characters. I don't want to do anything with any known characters, I just want to do my own thing on the side." Recognizing that his proposition was a "big ask," Snyder also noted, "Originally I was like, 'It should be rated R!' That was almost a non-starter."

Consequently, Rebel Moon found a home at Netflix as a space opera. Snyder shared his realization during the interview, saying, "But the deeper I got into it, I realized it was probably never going to be what I wanted." The narrative follows a young woman tasked with finding warriors to defend her peaceful colony from an impending invasion led by the despotic Regent Balisarius.

Among the actors involved are Sofia Boutella, Charlie Hunnam, Djimon Hounsou, Ray Fisher, Doona Bae, Jena Malone, Staz Nair, E. Duffy, and Michiel Huisman.

Initially conceived as a single film, Rebel Moon expanded into a 172-page draft, prompting Netflix and Snyder to divide the project into two separate movies. The first installment is slated for release on December 22. Snyder also revealed his plan to offer two versions of each film: one for a wider audience and another with more explicit content tailored to adult viewers.

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