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Warner Bros. Turned Down Zack Snyder’s Rebel Moon Pitch Multiple Times-TGN


  • Snyder first conceived of Rebel Moon in college and would try multiple times to get Warner Bros. interested to no avail.
  • Snyder previously revealed that he pitched the movie to Lucasfilm as a Star Wars entry, but there was no interest there either.
  • A benefit of Rebel Moon being a Warner Bros. movie would have been a theatrical release, which would be befitting of its grand scale and scope. Netflix has clearly given Snyder a lot of creative freedom, however, meaning it is likely the best home for the film.

Rebel Moon director Zack Snyder reveals that Warner Bros. actually turned down his pitch for the project multiple times before the movie ultimately landed at Netflix. After the success of Army of the Dead, Snyder’s partnership with Netflix is set to continue with two new epic space opera films. At one point a failed Star Wars pitch, Rebel Moon chronicles the attempts of a mysterious woman named Kora (Sofia Boutella) to lead a peaceful farming colony to victory against a tyrannical dictator.

Ahead of Rebel Moon‘s release date later this year, Screen Rant visited the set of Snyder’s upcoming sci-fi epic, where the director revealed that it wasn’t just Lucasfilm that passed on the project. According to the director, the project originated as a film school pitch that he eventually brought to Warner Bros. Check out Snyder’s full comment below:

“I think in college I had said something to my professor about like, ‘What about Dirty Dozen in space? Or like an ensemble movie like Seven Samurai in space.’ And he’s like ‘that’s a pretty good pitch. What about it?’ And I was like, ‘Well…’ because it was one of those classes where you’re supposed to pitch a movie. And then I was like, ‘That is cool.’ And then we did try and sell it as a video game and as a movie at Warner Brothers a couple of times. We pitched it to them. They were like ‘oh.’”

Would Rebel Moon Have Been Better At Warner Bros?

The most obvious benefit of Rebel Moon being a Warner Bros. movie would be the fact that it would get a theatrical release. Following the premiere of the highly-anticipated trailer at Gamescom, social media has been awash with calls for Netflix to give Rebel Moon a theatrical release befitting its grand sci-fi storytelling and epic visuals. In the unlikely event that it does, which is unlikely, it almost certainly won’t be for more than about a week, with Netflix having previously made its stance on theatrically releasing its movies quite clear.

Had Rebel Moon been a Warner Bros. movie, it likely also wouldn’t have been a guaranteed two-part release. Rebel Moon: The Scargiver is set to release on the streamer only a few months after the first installment, with the movie having been split into two. The Warner Bros. approach would have been to release the first installment into theaters and then wait to see how it performs before giving a sequel the green light.

Interestingly, extended R-rated cuts of both Rebel Moon movies are set to be released not long after the primary versions, something that would almost certainly not happen at Warner Bros. At about $83 million a pop, the two Rebel Moon movies’ budgets aren’t huge given the subject matter, and it’s possible that this amount would’ve been greater under WB given traditional studios’ propensity for eventizing blockbusters. Clearly, however, Snyder has a great working relationship with Netflix and seemingly total creative freedom, which means Rebel Moon has probably ended up at the right home.

Key Release Dates

  • Rebel Moon Part One Movie Poster

    Rebel Moon: Part One – A Child of Fire

  • Rebel Moon Part 2 Temp Poster

    Rebel Moon: Part Two – The Scargiver

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