‘Justice League’ Director And Producer Step Down To Deal With Their Daughter’s Tragic Death
Movie director Zack Snyder and producer Deborah Snyder have decided to step down from their roles in the making of the upcoming “Justice League” movie to be with their family after one of their children committed suicide.
Zack and Deborah Snyder’s 20-year-old daughter Autumn committed suicide back in March, but her death has been kept private until now. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter published Monday, the Snyders opened up about why they have now chosen to step away from the making of their film after attempting to return to work weeks after her death.
“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,” Zack Snyder said. “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.”
The upcoming blockbuster was put on a two-week break to allow for the Snyders to mourn the daughter they raised together but Zack had with a previous wife. The Snyders have seven other kids and step-kids together, and they realized now that they need to take some more time to heal with them.
Warner Bros. is completely supportive of the Snyders’ decision and “Avengers” director Joss Whedon has already stepped in to the directing role to shoot some additional scenes and carry it through post-production to its Nov. 17 release date.
“I want the movie to be amazing, and I’m a fan, but that all pales pretty quickly in comparison,” Snyder said anticipating a reaction from fans to his stepping down. “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.”
Autumn Snyder loved to write and even wrote a sci-fi fantasy novel featuring a character who was lonely and had trouble fitting in. The Snyders hope to publish their daughter’s manuscript someday and plan to donate the proceeds to charity if it ever happens.
“In the end, she didn’t make it, but her character does, and I think there would be something cathartic for people,” her father said.