After spending this year uniting DC's finest and blowing up Las Vegas, Zack Snyder is now heading to the final frontier. The director is returning to Netflix for his next project, a science-fiction adventure movie titled Rebel Moon, per The Hollywood Reporter.
Rebel Moon will follow the residents of a peaceful colony at the edge of the galaxy as they struggle against armies sent by a tyrant named Balisarius. To combat the threat, the colony sends a young woman to gather warriors from neighboring planets to make a stand against the invading force.
Along with directing, Snyder will also co-write the film, reuniting with his Army of the Dead co-screenwriter Shay Hatten and 300 co-screenwriter Kurt Johnstad. Snyder and Johnstad will also receive story credits. Additionally, Zack Snyder will serve as a producer on Rebel Moon alongside his wife and producing partner Deborah Snyder. Eric Newman will also produce through his Grand Electric banner with executive producer Sarah Bowen .
"This is me growing up as an Akira Kurosawa fan, a Star Wars fan,” Snyder told The Hollywood Reporter. "It’s my love of sci-fi and a giant adventure. My hope is that this also becomes a massive IP and a universe that can be built out."
Rebel Moon originated as a Star Wars concept that Snyder pitched to Lucasfilm before Disney purchased the company in 2012. The spin-off was conceived as a follow-up to the events of Return of the Jedi, with new Jedi warriors setting out on a dangerous mission. While the project never came to fruition, Snyder confirmed that he was reworking the premise into an original film back in May.
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Rebel Moon also marks a continuation of Snyder's partnership with Netflix. The director's zombie movie Army of the Dead premiered on the streamer in May, quickly drawing 72 million viewers to become the ninth most-watched Netflix original movie in history. Snyder and Netflix hope to begin production on Rebel Moon in early 2022.
In our review of Army of the Dead, IGN gave the film a 6, saying the film "ends up bogged down by its own self-importance and forgets how fun it's supposed to be." For more on Snyder, read our round-up of every project that the director says Warner Bros. turned him down on.
J. Kim Murphy is a freelance entertainment writer.