The Hollywood Reporter today reported that Zach Snyder will be stepping down from directing Justice League in order to spend time with his family after the recent death of his daughter. Deborah Snyder, who is a producer on Justice League, will be stepping down as well. His daughter, Autumn Snyder, passed in March, but the news was kept quiet until now.
He originally went back to work on the film two weeks after his daughter’s passing, but realized that it wasn’t the right decision:
“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,” says an emotional Snyder in an interview Monday in his office on the Warner Bros. lot, with Deborah sitting by his side. “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.”
Joss Whedon is taking over directing the remaining scenes for Justice League, which will ensure that the movie will make its November 17th release date this year. If you’re concerned about the tone of the film changing, do not be. The course of the film has been set by Snyder, so little will change in terms of tone and feel:
“The directing is minimal and it has to adhere to the style and tone and the template that Zack set,” says Emmerich. “We’re not introducing any new characters. It’s the same characters in some new scenes. He’s handing the baton to Joss, but the course has really been set by Zack. I still believe that despite this tragedy, we’ll still end up with a great movie.”
I think that I can speak for everyone here at Legion of Leia when I say our hearts are with you and your family, Zach Snyder. There are no words to express what you are going through right now, but you and your family come first. Ignore any hate that may be spewed in your direction during this time. We support you and send you all the love.