Zack Snyder Exits Justice League After Family Tragedy
Posted 2017/05/22 0 0
The filmmaker's daughter died by suicide in March, prompting him to take a break from work and Joss Whedon to finish the Warner Bros. superhero pic.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the Snyders announced Monday that they are taking time off from Justice League following the suicide of his 20-year-old daughter Autumn Snyder. Autumn took her life in March but the family decided to keep the news private. However, with reshoots about to get started ahead of the film’s November release, the director felt it was time to make the news public instead of delaying the film.
“I’ve decided to take a step back from the movie to be with my family, be with my kids, who really need me,” told Snyder.
Snyder’s wife Deborah, who is a producer on the film, is similarly stepping back from her duties. The Snyders had recently screened a rough cut of the film and brought on Whedon to write some new scenes. But when they realized they couldn’t bring themselves to leave their family for London again, Whedon was asked to direct too.
“I never planned to make this public,” Snyder said. “I thought it would just be in the family, a private matter, our private sorrow that we would deal with. When it became obvious that I need to take break, I knew there would be narratives created on the internet. They’ll do what they do. The truth is…I’m past caring about that kind of thing now.”
Whedon was actually involved in the Justice League reshoots regardless, as he was brought in to write the additional scenes after Snyder screened a rough cut of the movie. Warner Bros. Pictures president Toby Emmerich stressed to THR that Whedon isn’t exactly coming in and changing up the whole movie, and will be working to maintain Snyder’s vision:
“The directing is minimal and it has to adhere to the style and tone and the template that Zack set,” says Emmerich. “We’re not introducing any new characters. It’s the same characters in some new scenes. He’s handing a baton to Joss but the course has really been set by Zack. I still believe that despite this tragedy, we’ll still end up with a great movie.”