Zack Snyder has stepped back from directing duties on Justice League due to a family tragedy. Snyder has announced that he will leave the project to spend time with his family following the death of his daughter in March. Joss Whedon will take over work on the film and supervise reshoots and further post production work. Deborah Snyder, who is producing the film will also leave to join her husband.
Snyder broke the news in an interview The Hollywood Reporter, which reported that Snyder’s daughter Autumn Snyder sadly died by suicide in March at age 20.
“In my mind, I thought it was a cathartic thing to go back to work, to just bury myself and see if that was the 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 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.”
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 is … I’m past caring about that kind of thing now.
I want the movie to be amazing, and I’m a fan, but that all pales pretty quickly in comparison. I know the fans are going to be worried about the movie, but there are seven other kids that need me. In the end, it’s just a movie. It’s a great movie. But it’s just a movie.”
This is pretty shocking news and Movies In Focus wishes the Snyder family all the best in coping with their loss.
Justice League starring Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher and Henry Cavill opens on 17 November 2017.