Right after a heartbreaking personal tragedy, Zack Snyder and his wife Deborah Snyder are stepping down from production on Justice League.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Zack Snyder and his wife announced Monday that they are taking time off from Justice League following the March suicide of his 20-year-old daughter Autumn.
Autumn Snyder took her life in March but the family decided to keep the news private. However, with reshoots about to get started ahead of the film’s November release, the director felt it was time to make the news public instead of delaying the film.
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. 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. confirms Marvel’s The Avengers director Joss Whedon will finish the film, which is still on track for its November 2017 release date. President of Warner Bros. Pictures, Toby Emmerich, also added that even with Whedon helping, this is still very much Zack Snyder’s movie.
Justice League is still slated for its November 17, 2017 release date. IGN has reached out to Warner Bros. for additional comment.