weaver of the unseen
- Aug 21, 2007
Netflix concluded its Geeked Week showcase yesterday with the release of the full trailer for director Zack Snyder's Rebel Moon: A Child of Fire. It's the first of two parts (with plans for a third film to make it a trilogy), and Snyder and the streaming giant hope the films will launch a new space opera franchise. There are already plans for a novelization of the film, a four-issue prequel comic, a narrative podcast, an animated series, and a four-player game for the Netflix gaming platform.
As we reported previously, years ago, director Zack Snyder had an idea for an epic Star Wars movie that he pitched to Lucasfilm. That project never panned out for a variety of reasons. But the idea continued to germinate until Netflix got on board. Apart from Star Wars, Snyder has said his influences include the films of Akira Kurosawa, especially Seven Samurai, and The Dirty Dozen. He has set his epic saga in a universe controlled by the ruthless and corrupt government of the Mother World (the Imperium) with an army led by one Regent Balisarius (Fra Fee). The rebel moon of the title is called Veldt.
Per the official premise:
When a peaceful colony on the edge of a galaxy finds itself threatened by the armies of a tyrannical ruling force, Kora (Sofia Boutella), a mysterious stranger living among the villagers, becomes their best hope for survival. Tasked with finding trained fighters who will unite with her in making an impossible stand against the Mother World, Kora assembles a small band of warriors—outsiders, insurgents, peasants, and orphans of war from different worlds who share a common need for redemption and revenge. As the shadow of an entire Realm bears down on the unlikeliest of moons, a battle over the fate of a galaxy is waged, and in the process, a new army of heroes is formed.
Zack Snyder, Netflix hope the film and its sequel will launch a new space opera franchise
So this is a movie that House of Mickey turned down. And it is also an attempt to make another space franchise like SW, ST, BSG, B5, or FireFly. I'm certain Mr Znyder can make it, but I'm not sure on how the audience will take it. My hesitancy is that it has been pretty difficult to make these things because they are so super costly projects. Therefore, it is no wonder that Netflix has put this coming out as a Christmas Special because they're aiming for the big numbers even though March - April timeslot could be more suitable for epic products. Maybe that's why the Part II is coming out in April.
This one comes out on 22nd December.
I am interested on your thoughts because the Expanse took a bit different roll on the agenda than shoving straight into a major war that the audience cannot understand, and because of it, care about. Is this going to be as good as SW New Hope?