Rebel Moon – Netflix has a new universe from Zack Snyder (300, Man of Steel) starting December 22.
“REBEL MOON, a 2-part movie event decades in the making. 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.”
We reported on the transmedia project here. There will be two versions of the film (one R rated), plus a game, novel, TV series, and merchandise.
The writing team has reportedly detailed the entire timeline of the Rebel Moon story on a 12-foot whiteboard, with only a few inches dedicated to the first two films. Similarly, Snyder has written a detailed 450-page bible about the film’s antagonists, the Imperium forces. The project’s scope is so massive that the titular moon won’t appear until the third movie. “The Rebel Moon is not the moon that they’re on,” Snyder told Empire. “The title was conceptual…” The movie in December is ‘Part One: A Child of Fire.’
Snyder told Total Film that Rebel Moon takes place in the same universe as his Army of the Dead, this time in outer space ( Army is in apocalyptic Las Vegas).
The first Rebel Moon film will also have a theatrical release in Los Angeles, New York City, Toronto, and London. Part 2: The Scargiver, is scheduled for release on April 19, 2024. The Netflix site is here. They also released a behind the scenes featurette:
David Raiklen wrote, directed and scored his first film at age 9. He began studying keyboard and composing at age 5. He attended, then taught at UCLA, USC and CalArts. Among his teachers are John Williams and Mel Powel.
He has worked for Fox, Disney and Sprint. David has received numerous awards for his work, including the 2004 American Music Center Award. Dr. Raiklen has composed music and sound design for theater (Death and the Maiden), dance (Russian Ballet), television (Sing Me a Story), cell phone (Spacey Movie), museums (Museum of Tolerance), concert (Violin Sonata ), and film (Appalachian Trail).
His compositions have been performed at the Hollywood Bowl and the first Disney Hall. David Raiken is also host of a successful radio program, Classical Fan Club.