Zack Snyder’s Star Wars Samurai Film to Get Retooled for Netflix

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Back when Disney first acquired Lucasfilm and started talking about doing standalone Star Wars films in addition to Episodes VII, VIII and IX, Zack Snyder was one of the first directors rumoured to be working on a project. At the time, it was said to be a samurai movie of sorts, inspired by the films of Akira Kurosawa… which, depending on your perspective, either makes perfect sense or feels incredibly redundant. The movie never became a reality within the Star Wars universe (apparently it was considered too mature for Disney), but now it looks to be coming together in another form. Snyder will bring the project to Netflix under the title Rebel Moon, where it will launch a new IP unrelated to Star Wars. Hit the jump for more details.

According to THR, Zack Snyder will co-write, direct and produce Rebel Moon for Netflix. The script, which is being co-written by Shay Hatten (Army of the Dead) and Kurt Johnstad (300), revolves around a young woman with a mysterious past who is sent to recruit warriors from other planets to help defend her peaceful colony from the armies of a tyrant named Balisarius. Snyder has spent the past few years building out a whole universe around it and at one point pitched it as a series, so clearly Netflix is looking at it as a potential franchise that can support multiple movies.

The project comes on the heels of Army of the Dead, which looks to have been a huge success for Netflix, acquiring 72 million views in its first four weeks. That movie already has an anime series in the works as well as a prequel called Army of Thieves directed by Matthias Schweighöfer which is expected to arrive this fall. After all the drama that Zack Snyder has experienced with Warner Brothers in recent years, he seems more than happy to continue working with a partner that is willing to give him a lot more for creative freedom. Are you looking forward to Rebel Moon?



  • Deven Science

    Sounds fun.