After dropping an epic trailer for Rebel Moon yesterday, director Zack Snyder has come forward to reveal the run time of his two highly-anticipated sci-fi movies.
Rebel Moon: Part 1: A Child of Fire and Rebel Moon: Part 2: The Scargiver will both run for about two hours each.
“We’re still cutting movie two, so I don’t know the exact runtime, but they’re about two hours each… the movies themselves,” Snyder said (via IGN). “I think movie two is under two hours right now.”
The full Rebel Moon movie experience will roughly be four hours long, much like Zack Snyder’s Justice League. Both Rebel Moon movies are meant to kick off a brand new franchise that will feature a TV series and even a video game. According to Snyder, he had written a 200-page script, so splitting the film into two parts would allow the world to be “more overall exotic and unexpected”.
“And the cool thing about Netflix was when I said maybe a way to go is to just break it into two movies because, while I could cut it to one, it’s going to kind of make the movie vary by the numbers when you get that. It’s especially the case for a movie like this that’s sort of genre-specific, we know the mission, got to put the team together, etc. You’ve got to prepare for battle and then fight them. Not that that’s what’s going to happen, but that becomes kind of obvious,” said Snyder.
“And then when you really put the screws to something like that, the beats become really set in stone and there’s not a lot of room to move around. And I think by letting it be two movies, it really let us kind of have a lot more character and a lot more worlds to visit and just be more overall exotic and unexpected.”
And of course, it’s not a Snyder project without a director’s cut. The director’s cut of Rebel Moon will extend the run time of each movie by an hour. While he didn’t reveal when fans can watch it, Snyder is confident it will eventually be released.
“The director’s cut is close to an hour of extra content, so I think it’s a legitimate extended universe version,” Snyder said in an interview with Netflix’s Tudum website. “You really get to see a lot. It’s just more painted-in all the way. The director’s [cut] is a settle-in deep dive, which I have notoriously done throughout my career. I don’t know how I got into this director’s cut thing, but what I will say about it is that, for me, the director’s cuts have always been something I had to fight for in the past and nobody wanted it.”
The first part of Rebel Moon will premiere on Netflix on 22 December while the second part debuts in April the following year.