The film, which will be released in two parts (one in December and one in April) came from a Star Wars pitch that Snyder had pitched to Lucasfilm shortly after the company was acquired by Disney.
Speaking during a recent press junket for the film, however, producers Deborah Snyder and Eric Newman indicated that they were ultimately glad the project was free of any potential IP shackles.
“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.’ […] 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,'” Newman said.
Deborah Snyder, Zack’s wife and frequent producing partner, shared a similar sentiment as she said she never even wanted the movie to be a Star Wars project.
“Once, it was a Star Wars film, and I never wanted it to be. I remember, I said to Zack, ‘I just feel like your hands are going to be tied so much in what that IP is,’ even though it kind of lived outside of it. So I was kind of happy when that fell apart, because I always felt like it was better,” she said.
Set to hit Netflix on Friday, December 22, Rebel Moon stars The Mummy and Kingsman alum Sofia Boutella in the lead role of Cora. In addition to Boutella, Charlie Hunnam, Michiel Huisman, Djimon Hounsou, Doona Bae, Ray Fisher, Cleopatra Coleman, Jena Malone, Fra Fee, Ed Skrein, and Anthony Hopkins also star in the film.
Rebel Moon will be Snyder’s second original film to be produced by Netflix following 2021’s Army of the Dead.
You can check out the first official trailer for part one of Rebel Moon below.