Justice League is set to be released in Irish cinemas in November of this year. The production received some bad news this week, when director Zack Snyder stepped down from the film, which is currently in post-production. He stepped down recently due to a family tragedy. In March of this year, Zack’s 20 year old daughter, Autumn, took her own life. Zack Snyder kept the news private until now, but feels now his family needs him more than the film and has stepped down to spend time with them.
In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter Zack Snyder said:
“I’ve decided to take a step back from the movie to be with my family, be with my kids, who really need me.”
Wife of Zack Snyder, Deborah was also serving as a Producer on the film, has also decided to step down from her duties. Leaving the country and their family again would be too much for them.
Zack Snyder had never meant wanted to bring this aspect of his family life into the public eye, but knew that given how the internet could be, rumours would fly after his leaving the production, unless he told the real story.
Joss Whedon, who was brought in to write some new scenes for the re-shoot, has now signed on to take over the place of Zack Snyder in the director’s chair for the re-shoots, as well as the post production duties in London. Roland Emmerich doesn’t think the change of directors will have a negative impact on the film, none of the reshoots will introduce new characters, and Joss Whedon will be sticking to the tone and style set down by Zack in the primary shoots.
I would like to extend my sincerest sympathies and condolences to Zack Snyder and his entire family, in this trying time.