Netflix released Zack Snyder's PG-13 cut of Rebel Moon: Part One – A Child of Fire in December, and although it received mixed reviews, it gained popularity among viewers on the streaming platform. Now, the eagerly awaited sequel, Rebel Moon: Part Two – The Scargiver, is slated for release in April.

In a recent episode of the DGA Director’s Cut podcast moderated by filmmaker Louis Leterrier, Zack Snyder disclosed that the R-rated director's cut of Rebel Moon is set to be released in the summer. While no specific month or date was mentioned, this revelation provides a rough timeframe for fans eagerly anticipating the director's cut.

 

In the summer, you’ll get to see what I [first] pitched them, basically. And then you’ll get to pretend to be the studio executive and go, ‘Oh geez, I see what they mean. So that’s the full odyssey.'"

 

Snyder offered insights into the decision to release two distinct versions of the movie, citing Netflix's hesitation to greenlight his comprehensive 200-page script. This explanation provides context for the creative process that led to the development of multiple versions of Rebel Moon.

 

They read the script. Obviously, it was an R-rated script, it was 200 pages the first time [they read it], and they were like, ‘you weren’t kidding!’ when I handed them this phone book of the script,” he recalled. “And they said, ‘200 page script, huh? Obviously, we’re not making a script into a movie, especially not this crazy, R-rated [thing]. You basically made a live-action ‘Heavy Metal’ movie, and everyone’s like naked, this is crazy.’”

 

In an earlier interview, Snyder delved into the details of the director's cut, offering a glimpse into how it will diverge from the PG-13 version.

 

Way more brutal. More bizarre. Verhoeven-esque. More RoboCop than you know... in the way that it uses violence as another character. And there's a lot of sex in it, and sci-fi fantasy."

 

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The inclusion of additional violence, gore, nudity, and other elements that warrant an R rating might not necessarily redeem Rebel Moon, but it could potentially allow the fuller version to capture at least some of the director's original vision that may have been compromised in Rebel Moon: Part One — A Child of Fire.

The sequel, Rebel Moon Part 2: The Scargiver, is set to debut on April 19, 2024.