The film will mark Snyder’s fourth collaboration with Netflix after Army of the Dead, its prequel Army of Thieves, and the anime spin-off Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas.
While the cast is yet to be finalised, Rebel Moon will be produced by Wesley Coller, Snyder and his wife Deborah Snyder under their banner Stone Quarry. The company had also produced Netflix’s Army of the Dead.
Additional producers include Eric Newman for Grand Electric. Incidentally, Newman had also backed Snyder’s first film, Dawn of the Dead (2004).
As per Netflix’s synopsis, Rebel Moon is set in a peaceful colony on the edge of the galaxy that finds itself threatened by the armies of the tyrannical Regent Balisarius and dispatches a young woman with a mysterious past to seek out warriors from neighbouring planets to help them take a stand.
Snyder, who is renowned for Justice League and its re-edited version Justice League: Snyder Cut, told The Hollywood Reporter that the idea for Rebel Moon finds its inspiration from Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa and Star Wars.
“This is me growing up as an Akira Kurosawa fan, a Star Wars fan,” Snyder told THR. “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.”
Snyder will co-write the film with Shay Hatten, his co-writer on Army of the Dead, and Kurt Johnstad. Hatten is additionally working with Snyder on two upcoming projects: the German language prequel Army of Thieves, starring and directed by Matthias Schweighöfer, and the anime spin-off Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas. Hatten is also writing the vampire hunting film Day Shift, starring Jamie Foxx, for Netflix.
Rebel Moon will be Snyder’s next film and the filmmaker hopes to begin production in early 2022. “I’ve been working on this on the side for so long, it’s pretty far along,” he told THR.