A family tragedy.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that director Zack Snyder and producer Deborah Snyder are stepping down from the reshoots and post-production on Justice League following the death of Zack’s daughter from the previous marriage in March. Avengers director Joss Whedon will take over to finish the film.
The 20-year-old Autumn Snyder died of suicide in March, and it’s only revealed to public today with this announcement. The director wish to step back from the production to focus on his family in the wake of the tragedy.
“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,” Snyder stated. “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.”
Warner Bros. originally wanted to delay the release of the film, but Zack and Deborah Snyder want the film to continue as scheduled. Whedom was originally brought to the team to write additional scenes Snyder wish to film after the early screenings of Justice League, but took over entirely when Snyder decides to step down.
“Here’s the thing, I never planned to make this public,” Snyder explained. “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 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. 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.”
Justice League is so hit theaters on November 17.