Rebel Moon budget is reportedly $165 million

REBEL MOON: (Featured) Ray Fisher as Bloodaxe in Rebel Moon. Cr. Clay Enos/Netflix © 2023
REBEL MOON: (Featured) Ray Fisher as Bloodaxe in Rebel Moon. Cr. Clay Enos/Netflix © 2023 /

Zack Snyder’s newest movie is Rebel Moon – Part One: A Child of Fire, a Star Wars-esque sci-fi epic about a community that bands together to stop an incursion by a tyrannical band of space fascists.

A Child of Fire is currently in theaters, in limited release; one of these days Netflix will get its act together and release that it’s a good idea to release these movies in lots of theaters, but not yet. Part One will drop on Netflix this Thursday, December 21. Part Two: The Scargiver will follow in April. In between, we’ll get a three-hour-plus extended edition of the first movie.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, both movies took a combined $165 million to make. Considering that these two movies will run over four hours total (and longer with the director’s cuts), that’s not a bad price. For comparison’s sake, a bad flashy sci-fi movie like Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker took $275 million to make, and that was just one movie.

Snyder may have kept his costs low by employing actors who, while talented, aren’t enormous stars. The cast includes:

  • Sofia Boutella as Kora, the main character
  • Charlie Hunnam as Kai
  • Ed Skrein as Admiral Atticus Noble
  • Jena Malone as Harmada
  • Anthony Hopkins as Jimmy
  • Michiel Huisman as Gunnar
  • Cleopatra Coleman as Devra Bloodaxe

The biggest star in the movie is Anthony Hopkins, who provides the voice of the robot Jimmy. But as a voice role, it’s not as intensive as some of the others.

With this reasonably sized budget, it makes me wonder even more why Netflix didn’t release this movie in more theaters. They had a shot at making that back at the box office.

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