- Zack Snyder originally pitched an R-rated Star Wars movie to Lucasfilm before Disney’s acquisition in 2012.
- His pitch involved a more mature direction for the franchise and changes to the story introduced in the prequel trilogy.
- Snyder’s desire for an R-rated Star Wars movie and his directorial style would have created conflict with the franchise’s family-friendly reputation.
Zack Snyder, director of Rebel Moon – Part One: A Child of Fire, originally pitched his science fiction film to Lucasfilm as a Star Wars installment, and he recently gave details on his original idea. Rebel Moon is set to be the first installment in a larger franchise Snyder is directing as part of a deal with Netflix. The second movie, Rebel Moon – Part Two: The Scargiver is set to release on April 19, despite Rebel Moon‘s similarities to Star Wars‘ original trilogy and its poor critical reception. The movie gave a glimpse into what Snyder had in store for the galaxy far, far away, and he recently revealed more.
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In an interview with The Playlist, Snyder revealed that he pitched an R-rated Star Wars movie to Lucasfilm’s president Kathleen Kennedy. He also noted that his pitch was before Disney’s acquisition of the studio in October 2012, and seeing as Kennedy took her position in May 2012, this provides a very precise window when he would have given the pitch. At the time, Snyder felt optimistic about his pitch, saying, “They’re down for an R-rated movie for one, and it’s gonna be like some Jedi’s going nuts!” He also explained that his movie would have made changes to the story that were introduced in the prequel trilogy.
And I remember thinking, “They need me! This is cool, I’m gonna fix ‘Star Wars!'” Also, because I had some issues with some of the [prequel] decisions—I’m not gonna say what it was, but I just felt like [Lucasfilm] had gone astray a little bit; I know that’s sacrilegious to say, but that was my feeling.
While some of Snyder’s canceled Star Wars plans remain a mystery, it is safe to say his time with the studio would have taken the story in a more mature direction. An R-rating might not have been in the best interest of the franchise, though, especially given its family-friendly audience. Star Wars might have had a lucky escape with what would become Rebel Moon.
Zack Snyder Would Have Faced The Same Problems With Lucasfilm He Had At DC
As Snyder’s wife pointed out, his idea to change aspects of Star Wars might not have gone over well with fans, a problem he encountered with his depiction of Superman in Man of Steel. Snyder also has a reputation for butting heads with the studio executives he works with, which likely would have been replicated at Lucasfilm. That conflict could have been driven by Snyder’s penchant for longer director’s cuts to show his full ideas. His desire to bring an R-rated Star Wars movie to the screen likely would have created conflict with the franchise’s family-friendly reputation and box-office goals.
Zack Snyder almost had a mature Star Wars project, but Lucasfilm turned him down and the idea later became Rebel Moon. This was likely for the best, as beginning an independent franchise allowed Snyder more creative freedom and let Lucasfilm avoid the conflict and divisiveness his directorial style tends to entail. The full details of his scrapped Star Wars project might never be fully revealed, but his recent comments show that he was planning a story about a more violent Jedi.
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Star Wars is a multimedia franchise that started in 1977 by creator George Lucas. After the release of Star Wars: Episode IV- A New Hope (originally just titled Star Wars), the franchise quickly exploded, spawning multiple sequels, prequels, TV shows, video games, comics, and much more. After Disney acquired the rights to the franchise, they quickly expanded the universe on Disney+, starting with The Mandalorian.