Zack Snyder’s ‘Rebel Moon,’ Explained

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In typical Zack Snyder fashion, his upcoming Netflix film “Rebel Moon” is of a grand scale that attempts to recreate Star Wars magic.

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Published on Nov 23, 2023
After a demoralizing run with Warner Bros. directing “Justice League,” Zack Snyder could be on the cusp of another bombastic epic without the overzealous supervillains or zombies this time around. The filmmaker’s newest film — titled “Rebel Moon” — is Netflix’s two-part space odyssey that has elements of “Dune” and “Warhammer 40K” mixed in.

Likely the biggest sci-fi film of the year (since “Dune: Part Two” has been delayed), “Rebel Moon” is more than just a two-part extended cut, since Snyder hopes to create an expensive universe with various spinoffs and tie-ins — looking to replicate the success of the Star Wars franchise.

Rebel Moon — Part One: A Child of Fire, the Sequel, and a Potential Franchise

Ever since the project was first announced, it became a haberdashery of potential theories — all because it started out as a “Star Wars” pitch, one that never came to fruition. Netflix quickly hopped on as it looked for another long-running franchise, especially when some of its most popular have reached (or are near) their inevitable endings.

“Rebel Moon” takes place on the agricultural moon Veldt, set in a world controlled by the Motherworld — a “brutal interstellar royal empire” that exercises supreme control over its subjects through their army, the Imperium. When the royal army threatens the lunar colony, mysterious ex-Imperium soldier Kora (Sofia Boutella) sets out to recruit her own team of intergalactic rebels.

Sofia Boutella as Kora in Netflix's upcoming sci-fi film, Rebel Moon.
The Straw Hat pirates from Netflix's live-action adaptation.

Sofia Boutella’s Kora leads the Veldt resistance against the Imperium in Rebel Moon.

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Here’s the basic premise:

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.

From the initial impressions, the film has everything you’d expect to see in a Zack Snyder film — a grand stage, gunshots, and flashbangs, as well as an epic team of superstars.

As for the sequel, there is one, sort of. If there’s anything that the Snyder Cut of “Justice League” was an indication of, it’s that Snyder likes to build a narrative that can go on for, like, four hours. Something similar must’ve happened here, since “Rebel Moon” has been split into two parts — with “Part Two: The Scargiver” releasing on April 19, 2024. The two parts being relatively close together also helps with my sanity.

An RPG That Is “Literally Insane” Is Also In The Works

And about that whole building franchise stuff, Zack Snyder has already revealed a blueprint of his plans: including a narrative podcast, a comic book, an animated series, and a Rebel Moon-video game.

While much of it is still being mapped out, the filmmaker has already talked a bit about a “ridiculous scale” RPG — one being developed by Super Evil Megacorp. But that’s almost all we know for now.

“Rebel Moon — Part One: A Child of Fire” will have a limited theatrical release starting December 15, before premiering on Netflix on Dec. 22, 2023.

“Rebel Moon – Part Two: The Scargiver” is scheduled to be released on April 19, 2024. ❑