The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Justice League director Zack Snyder has stepped away from the project to be with his family. In March, Snyder’s daughter Autumn committed suicide at the age of 20. Snyder planned to continue working on Justice League but recently decided he needed to be with his family. While the majority of Justice League is shot, Snyder has passed the project Joss Whedon who will direct additional footage and edit the movie.
“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,” Snyder told The Hollywood Reporter today, with his wife 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.”
Warner Bros. is supporting the Snyders during this difficult time. “What they are going through is unimaginable, and my heart — our hearts — go out to them,” says Warner Bros. Pictures president Toby Emmerich.
Warner Bros. even suggested delaying the release of Justice League so that Snyder could finish the movie himself but the director decided to keep the current release date. After showing a rough cut of Justice League to fellow filmmakers and friends, Snyder wanted to shoot some additional footage, which he got Joss Whedon to write. Snyder was preparing to go to London to direct the additional footage when he decided to step away from the project.
“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.”
In the interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Snyder reveals that he decided to go public with the news of his departure because he knew how the media would react if he didn’t offer the context.
“Here’s the thing, 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 a 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.”
My thoughts go out to Zack Snyder and his family during this difficult time.
SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter