The news just hit that Batgirl director Joss Whedon will finish up directing duties on Justice League as its now in post-production. Whedon will also write in some new scenes at Zack Snyder’s request and direct them during the reshoot schedule.
Both Zack and wife Deborah Snyder, who’s a producer on the film, have decided to step down due to the passing of Zack’s daughter.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Autumn Snyder committed suicide at age 20 and the Snyder’s decided the best way to deal with the tragedy at first was to get right back into work, but ultimately found it was not easy.
At one point Warner Bros. suggested to them they should delay the release date so they can have time off and the Snyder’s declined.
“In my mind, I thought it was a cathartic thing to go back to work, to just bury myself and see if that was way through it,” says an emotional Snyder in an interview Monday in his office on the Warner Bros. lot with Deborah sitting by his side. “The demands of this job are pretty intense. It is all consuming. And in the last two months I’ve come to the realization …I’ve decided to take a step back from the movie to be with my family, be with my kids, who really need me. They are all having a hard time. I’m having a hard time.”
After holding a rough cut screening for friends and colleagues, Zack felt he wanted to add a little more and asked Whedon to not only finish the film but write some new scenes.
“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.”
Zack Snyder also told The Hollywood Reporter when he decided to let this story out how he felt about what the fans and non-fans on the internet may try to do with this information, stating that they will say what they want and he doesn’t care anymore.
“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 it…I’m past caring about that kind of thing now.”
He also had some encouraging words for the fans who are concerned the film may suffer due to his absence, but stresses he is a father first and they need him.
“I want the movie to be amazing and I’m a fan, but that all pales pretty quickly in comparison,” he says. “I know the fans are going to be worried about the movie but there are seven other kids that need me,” he says. “ In the end, it’s just a movie. It’s a great movie. But it’s just a movie.
To read more of the interview head over to The Hollywood Reporter.
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