The Snyder family underwent a horrible tragedy a few years ago that resulted in director Zack Snyder taking some time away from the film industry. He stepped down from his directorial duties on 2017’s Justice League and has remained on the sidelines since. But now, Zack is ready to come back. And his first project will be Army of the Dead, a zombie movie he’ll direct for Netflix.
Snyder describes Army of the Dead as “a good palate cleanser to really dig in with both hands and make something fun and epic and crazy and bonkers in the best possible way.” It’s a return to the genre for the famed director, as his feature debut was 2004’s Dawn of the Dead.
Not long after Dawn of the Dead’s premiere did Zack Snyder come up with the idea for Army of the Dead. He had Joby Harold script the story which is placed “amid a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas, during which a man assembles a group of mercenaries to take the ultimate gamble, venturing into the quarantined zone to pull off the greatest heist ever attempted.”
Warner Bros. picked up the project in 2007, but intentions of making it eventually fell by the wayside. In their piece, The Hollywood Reporter states that Netflix “identified the project and sought it out from Warner Bros.” The outlet goes on to note that the deal “could set a precedent for the studio selling other projects to the streamer.”
It sounds as though Snyder is super psyched about the opportunity to finally make Army of the Dead. In his interview, he stated “I love to honor canon and the works of art, but this is the opportunity to find a purely joyful way to express myself though a genre. It will be the most kick-ass, self-aware — but not in a wink-to-the-camera way — balls-to-the-wall zombie freakshow that anyone has ever seen. No one’s ever let me completely loose [like this].”
We don’t have any other details on Army of the Dead at this point. But a zombie heist film certainly sounds like a great time under Snyder’s direction. Hopefully we’ll be hearing more details soon. In the meantime, checkout our list of horror movies that we do have dates for in NerdMuch?’s list of All Upcoming Zombie Movies of 2019 & Beyond.