Original big-budget sci-fi films are few and far between these days, so if you’re going to take a swing at one, you better make sure it counts. That seems to be Zack Snyder’s reasoning, anyway, as the filmmaker told Total Film he’s already thinking far beyond two “Rebel Moon” films. “We’re doing a narrative podcast, and an animated comic book, and an animated series,” he explained. If you just seized up at the thought of having to do homework before even sitting down to watch Snyder’s two-part space opera, you may be comforted to know that it sounds like these projects will be complementary and not mandatory. “They all take place before the events of the [first] movie. So you can start to understand the vastness of the mythology that we’ve been working on,” he added.
The “Rebel Moon” films reunite Snyder with his “Army of the Dead” scribe Shay Hatten and “300” writer Kurt Johnstad, the latter of whom also had some insight to offer the outlet about just how much lore is already established. “The world is very, very detailed and fleshed out. There’s hundreds and hundreds of pages of documents of methodology and mythology and lore. The timeline goes back 800 years, from our movies,” he noted. In fact, there’s no less than a 12-foot whiteboard’s worth of material covering events in the “Rebel Moon” universe. “There’s a ruler with inches underneath that whiteboard,” Johnstad added. “And the two movies are literally two or three inches of that entire 12-foot span.”
That’s, um, a lot. Will we actually see most of it? We’ll find out when “Rebel Moon: Part One — A Child of Fire” reaches Netflix on December 22, 2023, followed by “Rebel Moon: Part Two — The Scargiver” on April 19, 2024