Zack Snyder’s Next Movie is Zombie Flick Army of the Dead

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It’s been a couple of years since a family tragedy forced Zack Snyder to step down as director of Justice League, a movie that ended up being a pretty big failure for Warner Brothers. Whether Snyder should take the majority of the blame for that failure is up for debate, but he certainly hasn’t been eager to return to the DCEU. Last year he announced that his next project would be an adaptation of Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead, but now it appears that another more immediate opportunity has presented itself. Snyder has been developing a zombie movie called Army of the Dead for many years now and Netflix has reportedly stepped in to make it a reality. He had this to say about the project:


“There are no handcuffs on me at all with this one. I thought this was 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 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].”

The story revolves around a group of mercenaries attempting to pull off a heist in the midst of a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas. The script was written by Joby Harold (King Arthur: Legend of the Sword) and word on the street is that Netflix has ponied up $90 million for the movie. Snyder previously directed a Dawn of the Dead remake back in 2004, but despite a similar-sounding title this will have no connection to that movie. It is expected to start shooting this summer. Are you looking forward to Army of the Dead?

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  • Jake

    I like that Netflix is going through the bowels of development hell and saving lost projects. Studios may have good reason for not making them, but at least they are giving the filmmakers a shot. I know they also picked up a long lost script from Shane Black last year, looking forward to that one.

  • Lior

    You can complain about Zach Snider’s style, but you can’t say the man doesn’t have one. I think Marvel movies many times get a pass simply because they have no style. When you wade into any property with a passionate fanbase you are scrutinized to a tee. If you dare put any kind of personal stamp on the material you risk the wrath of the fans. There are many examples besides Snyder’s DC films, the latest being Rian Johnson’s Star Wars entry. Snyder only truly directed two DC films, Man of Steel and Batman V Superman, but despite how flawed they are, boy are they more interesting than cookie-cutter Marvel movies. The fact of the matter is that his style clashes with mainstream DC superheroes, especially with Superman, so he wasn’t the right person for the job. (Ironically, the problem with Snyder’s Watchmen was that it was TOO faithful to its source). But he’s still an interesting filmmaker, so it’s good to see he’s leaving it behind him and moving on. I agree it’s rather confusing he’s going to have two similarly titled movies in his filmography without any relation between them…