Filmmaker Zack Snyder has been forced to step down from his work on the upcoming film Justice League due to a family tragedy. While giving an interview to the hollywoodreporter, Zack Snyder confirmed that he is stepping out of the film to stay with his family.
His wife Deborah Snyder, who is a producing partner of the film will also be taking a break.
Director of the Avengers (and soon to be Batgirl) Joss Whedon will now finish Justice League. Snyder’s daughter Autumn ended her life in March this year at the age of 20. However, after taking a two-week break, Snyder initially decided to continue work on Justice League but understandably, it became too much to deal with.
Talking to hollywoodreporter Snyder said, “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”.
“The demands of this job are pretty intense. It is all consuming. And in the last two months, I’ve come to the realisation …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,” he added.
Warner Brothers came out in support of Snyder’s decision and stood by him during his 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.
Although WB suggested delaying the release of Justice League so that Snyder could finish the movie himself, but Snyder denied the idea and decided to add more scenes to the film and he brought in Joss Whedon to write them.
When Snyder was getting ready to head back to London to shoot the additional scenes, he realised he could no longer finish the project himself.
“Here’s the thing, I never planned to make this public 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.” Snyder said.
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