BREAKING: Zack Snyder Steps Down from ‘Justice League’ in Wake of Family Tragedy; Joss Whedon Steps In

Director Zack Snyder is stepping down from “Justice League,” according to a report from The Hollywood Reporter.

Snyder’s sudden departure from the film comes two months after his 20-year-old daughter Autumn died by suicide in March. Following his daughter’s death, production shut down for two weeks. He returned to the film, but eventually felt he could not continue.

Snyder’s wife, Deborah Snyder, is a producer on “Justice League” and will also be stepping down.

Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, 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 Snyder family originally chose to keep Autumn’s death private. However, when the director decided to step down, he chose to make the details public in order to stave off unwelcome internet rumors.

“Justice League” has already wrapped principle photography and is in post-production. However, prior to his departure, Snyder had decided on additional scenes and re-shoots. Director Joss Whedon has agreed to come on board to complete the project. Whedon’s involvement keeps the film on track for its November release date.

If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.