Reports the other day indicated that the work required to finish off “Zack Snyder’s Justice League” as intended will cost the HBO Max streaming service something in the range of $20-30 million.
WarnerMedia Chairman Bob Greenblatt however, appearing on the latest episode of the Recode Media podcast this week to discuss the launch of the service, laughed off that figure saying:
“It isn’t as easy as going into the vault and there’s a Snyder Cut sitting there to put out. It does not exist. Zack is actually building it and it’s complex including…new VFX shots, it’s a radical rethinking of that movie and it’s complicated and wildly expensive. I’ll just say I wish it was just 30 million and stop there. It’s an enormous undertaking and very complex.”
Not only is it going to be more expensive than first pegged, but it turns out plans for the Snyder Cut’s retooling and launch have been in the works since last Fall when Greenblatt says serious discussions relating to it began taking place.
In a separate interview with Business Insider, HBO Max Content Chief Kevin Reilly confirms that plans for this have been in the works for many months and a lot had to be worked out to get it going:
“There were a lot of issues involved to figure out how we could deliver on his vision, and a myriad of legal issues. We’ve been sitting on this for quite some time but working on it. It was obviously a secret project given the high level of interest, but we were chipping away at it piece by piece. There was some strategy but also some serendipity in how we got over the hurdle of some of those issues just before the launch [of Max].”
Just how much it costs and how much it will end up will all end up being? We’ll see when the project hits the service next year.