It’s clear that Zack Snyder and Warner Bros. Discovery don’t mix well these days. After having to withdraw from Justice League (2017), Joss Whedon took over directing, but the film was a massive flop.
Fans then asked WB to release the Snyder Cut of the film, which Warner Bros. was forced to publish. A new story tells us that the acclaimed director was set to make a movie about Alexander the Great but was rejected by WB for depicting… a same-sex relationship.
When Warner Bros. rejected Zack Snyder’s 300 trilogy
In what was to be the third part of the 300 franchise, Zack Snyder sat down to write a screenplay. The screenplay centered on the life of Alexander the Great, the former king of Macedonia. After sitting down and finishing the script, Snyder realized that the story had strayed significantly from what he had in mind.
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Featuring a relationship between Alexander and Hephastion, the story dipped too emotionally and narratively into the relationship they had. The war story eventually became a love story. The concept didn’t suit the third installment of the franchise, and as a result, Zack Snyder had to scratch that.
Talk to The Fourth Wall Podcast per The Playlist, Zack Snyder has revealed his plans for the franchise’s canceled third installment and the birth of Blood and Ashes.
“I couldn’t really get into it. During the pandemic, I had a deal with Warner Brothers, and I wrote what was essentially going to be the final chapter of 300.”
The Justice League director continued,
“But when I sat down to write it, I actually wrote a different movie. I was writing this stuff about Alexander the Great, and it turned into a movie about the relationship between Hephaestion and Alexander. It turned out to be a love story, so it really didn’t fit with the third movie.
Warner Bros. Discovery (formerly Warner Bros.) had to turn the director down because the tone of the story didn’t match much with previous films in the franchise. The director ended his comments on the fact that Warner Bros. Discovery is not a big fan of him.
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by Zack Snyder Blood and Ashes
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Although a third of the 300 franchise never saw the light of day, all hope is not lost. In his statements, the army of the dead the director said what he wrote was basically the birth of a story he titled Blood and Ashes.
“But there was this concept, and it went really well. It’s called Blood and Ashes, and it’s a beautiful love story, really, with war. I would love to do it, WB has say no…you know, they’re not big fans of mine. That’s the way it is.”
Zack Snyder is recognized as one of the best directors of this era and so many studios would be interested in producing a piece of history from his great mind. Although nothing has been confirmed yet, Blood and Ashes could soon become reality. With Zack Snyder’s future in the DCU unconfirmed, the director is currently busy with Rebel Moon.
With occasional calls from people at #RestoreTheSnyderVerse, The new head of Warner Bros. Discovery, David Zaslav, may have to make or break for the people. Zack Snyder’s next movie rebel moon will be released in 2023.
The 300 The franchise is available to stream on HBO Max.