Zack Snyder on Why He Makes Director’s Cuts: ‘[It’s] Anthemic of What I Do’

Zack Snyder says that making director’s cuts has become “anthemic” to what he does when it comes to filmmaking.

Speaking with Entertainment Weekly in a clip posted on Twitter, Snyder discussed why the majority of the films he’s made have director’s cuts.

“I would make a movie for the studio,” Snyder said. “And then my relationship with DVD would be like, I’d kind of be done with the theatrical division who wanted the movie made. I would just talk to DVD like, ‘Hey, if you guys give me a little extra money, I can get you a weirdo version of the movie that you can sell again.’ When people started to get to know me and get to know that director’s cut — there was always something in it that they weren’t going to get from the theatrical version, then that started to become anthemic of what I do.

“You end up with Justice League as sort of the quintessential, insane journey to a director’s cut. I don’t know if that story is ever really going to be told in its entirety, but it’s a microcosm for what I was able to achieve with [Rebel Moon], but with everyone’s eyes wide open and everyone really like kind of into it.”

Zack Snyder’s Rebel Moon is getting a director’s cut

Rebel Moon – Part One: A Child of Fire was released on Netflix on December 21, 2023. Snyder, who co-wrote the screenplay for the movie with Kurt Johnstad and Shay Hatten, has confirmed that an extended cut of Rebel Moon – Part One: A Child of Fire is coming in 2024, though an exact release date has not yet been set.

A sequel to Rebel Moon – Part One: A Child of Fire, Rebel Moon – Part Two: The Scargiver, is also scheduled to release on April 19, 2024.

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