Following the growing movement by fans and careful consideration by Warner Brothers executives, HBO Max will in fact “Release the Snyder Cut” of Justice League in 2021 (via The Hollywood Reporter).
The project, which could possibly be a four hour director’s cut or six TV style “chapters” has already been in development for a while now, but will finally be seen next year as Zack Snyder reassembles most of the original postproduction crew, to edit, score, add new and finish old visuals effects, and even call back many of the same actors to record additional dialogue.
Snyder also states that even though his cut will have many of the same elements (including Darkseid), there will be much more character development than in the previous version.
The cost of the project however is unclear but has been pegged around $20 to $30 million by unnamed sources. Though there is no current schedule at this time (due to the coronavirus pandemic), Warner Brothers is in talks with several post-production houses to finish the film, giving HBO Max the necessary time to figure the best way to present Snyder’s vision.
According to Synder, who still has not watched the theatrical version of the film:
“It will be an entirely new thing, and, especially talking to those who have seen the released movie, a new experience apart from that movie. You probably saw one-fourth of what I did.”Director Zack Snyder on what to expect from his version of Justice League (via THR)
Long before Warner Brothers chairman Toby Emmerich and other studio executives approached him regarding the Snyder Cut movement, the director thought his version would be featured in a documentary years later, as he could provide them the footage that no one was able to see. But thanks to the advancement of streaming services in today’s media, his wife Deborah Snyder says it will provide more opportunities for other filmmakers.
“With the new platform and streaming services, you can have something like this. You can’t release something like this theatrically, but you could with a streaming service. It’s an opportunity that wasn’t there two years ago, to be honest.”Deborah Snyder on the advancement of streaming services in today’s media (via THR)
Though he had a unfinished version in development back in 2017 while finishing the project for Warner Brothers, the tragic suicide of his daughter Autumn caused Snyder to step away during production, while director Joss Whedon (The Avengers) was brought into complete it. Following the two year anniversary of the film, (which received mixed reviews and a sluggish $658 million worldwide), the massive online fan campaigns and petitions to release it, and a convincing presentation to a select group of executives from Warner Brothers, DC and HBO Max, moviegoers everywhere will finally be able to experience the superhero event they have been waiting for.
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