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?