Zack Snyder's Rebel Moon Connection to Star Wars Explained

Is Rebel Moon Star Wars?
Credit: Netflix

Is Rebel Moon Star Wars?
Credit: Netflix

Zack Snyder's vision for a space epic finally came to fruition at Netflix with Rebel Moon. Although the upcoming film has always been referred to by fans as 'Zack Snyder's Star Wars', is Rebel Moon actually connected to Star Wars?

Is Rebel Moon Part of the Star Wars Franchise?

Zack Snyder's Rebel Moon coming soon
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Did you know that Rebel Moon was initially supposed to be a Star Wars movie? The idea of Rebel Moon came 20 years ago when the former Justice League director Zack Snyder pitched his story to Lucasfilm.

There's a full story that Snyder himself opened up about in a recent interview with Empire:

"It was Seven Samurai in space. And a Star Wars movie was my original concept for it. I knew that the origins for George [Lucas] were a lot of those Kurosawa films. The sale [of Lucasfilm to Disney] had just happened."

Continuing off, the helmer wanted an R-rated film for Rebel Moon, which would obviously not work well under Disney and Lucasfilm. It was only a decade later when Snyder developed Rebel Moon the way he wanted it to happen in his own accords.

"I knew it was a big task, to be honest. But the deeper I got into it, I realized it was probably never going to be what I wanted."

As per SlashFilm, Zack Snyder's wife and producing partner Deborah Snyder expressed just how relieved they were to not have Rebel Moon debut under Lucasfilm:

"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."

Rebel Moon Still Has Star Wars Elements To It

Are those... lightsabers?
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No matter how much Snyder attempts to draw away from having his Rebel Moon classified as a Star Wars movie, the helmer admits that nothing could ever top one of the greatest Hollywood franchises to exist.

Recently, Snyder even told ScreenRant that even though Rebel Moon might garner Star Wars elements to it, he still took his own spin on it:

"Star Wars has the lion's share of creative thinking when it comes to audiences and their love of the Star Wars universe and that evolution. I do also understand the love of it and how canonized it is and actually how immobile it is which is probably why I'm here now doing it the way I'm doing it."

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Zack Snyder's Rebel Moon is Not Your Typical Star Wars Story

In the same interview, Snyder added just how 'more intimate' the sci-fi elements feel in Rebel Moon, "It's more of a dieselpunk world than a steampunk world. There is a sort of higher-energy source than gasoline since they have a way of jumping across vast swaths of the universe, but the technology hasn't really changed in quite a while."

Though Rebel Moon still drew inspiration from the 1954 film, Seven Samurai, by Akira Kurosawa (and even somewhat Dune-like in some instances), the upcoming blockbuster is taking a different turn in telling an intergalactic adventure, which you can check out from the official synopsis below:

After crash landing on a moon in the furthest reaches of the universe, Kora (Sofia Boutella), a stranger with a mysterious past, begins a new life among a peaceful settlement of farmers. But she soon becomes their only hope for survival when the tyrannical Regent Balisarius (Fra Fee) and his cruel emissary, Admiral Noble (Ed Skrein), discover the farmers have unwittingly sold their crops to the Bloodaxes (Cleopatra Coleman and Ray Fisher) — leaders of a fierce group of insurgents hunted by the Motherworld.

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