Zack Snyder confirmed earlier this year that his two-film sci-fi epic “Rebel Moon” will consist of both theatrical and extended ‘director’s cuts’ for each film with the latter clocking in at around 45-60 minutes longer than the theatrical ones.

The theatrical cut of the first of the films, “Rebel Moon Part 1: A Child of Fire,” scored a PG-13 for the eye-opening descriptor of: “sequences of strong violence, sexual assault, bloody images, language, sexual material, and partial nudity”.

The director’s cuts are expected to be R-rated and, unlike past instances for Snyder, these versions were pre-planned with the goal of showcasing Snyder’s vision without runtime or ratings limitations.

During an interview with EW recently, Snyder says it was Netflix producers who brought up the idea of a longer director’s cut early on in the process:

“This was the first time I had ever been able to make a movie and plan for that. The cut was not me fighting with them like, ‘Okay, you won’t do what I want. Can I at least release it on DVD?’ It was us going together.

I’m super proud of the PG-13 version, the broader audience version, because I would say it really satisfies an awesome, timeless, mythological scope. What we’ve done with the other version is fun and subversive, because an R-rated sci-fi movie at this scale shouldn’t exist.”

The comparison of how significant the changes are is said to be akin to Peter Jackson’s ‘extended editions’ of his “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy with plenty of additional characters and world building. In Snyder’s case, a lot more violence too.

He adds: “It’s a full hour longer. It’s not just slightly different or a little bit more. There are big chunks of the movie that are different.”

The theatrical cut of “Rebel Moon Part 1: A Child of Fire” hits the Netflix service on December 22nd. The theatrical version of “Rebel Moon Part 2: The Scargiver” hits the service in April.

The extended editions of both versions have yet to set a release date.

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