Zack Snyder Leaves ‘Justice League’ Movie After Family Tragedy. Joss Whedon Takes Over.
Yesterday Zack Snyder announced he would be stepping down from helming DC’s upcoming ‘Justice League’ movie to spend more time with his family after the tragic death of his daughter Autumn.
The 20 year old took her own life in March. Events surrounding the tragedy had, quite rightly, been kept as a private matter up until now, but Zack and his wife Deborah had decided they wanted to speak out as he was now leaving the project.
Initially the film went on hiatus for 2 weeks, but in an emotional interview with the Hollywood Reporter, the film director stated “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.”
The studio offered to push the films release back, but Zach decided he didn’t want that. He’d already brought Joss Whedon on board to write some additional scenes which were going to shoot here in the UK. With Joss already involved on the project, and set to direct the upcoming Batgirl movie, he was the obvious person to had the baton to.
Autumn was Zack’s daughter from his first marriage with Denise Snyder. Together with his wife Deborah, they have 7 children & stepchildren.
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