Zack Snyders 'Army of The Dead' marches to Netflix
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Army of the Dead is an American action-horror heist film, written, created, and directed by Zack Snyder. This is the first film directed by Zack Snyder since his spent on Justice League (2017). Warner Brothers previously held the rights to the film but it was Netflix who bought these rights, giving Zack Snyder a $90 Million budget to play with. Joby Harold (King Arthur: Legend of the Sword) and Shay Hatten (John Wick 3) helped Snyder write the story.
The concept of Army of the Dead did begin as a sequel for Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead.
Whether or not the story takes place in the same world as Dawn of the Dead is at the discretion of Zack Snyder. Regardless, even if the film does take place in the same world as Dawn of the Dead, the plot of Army of the Dead has nothing to do with the former.
Rather than direct the film, Zack Snyder would take on a role as a producer. This was because he was working on Watchmen at the time when 'Army of the Dead' was announced. Matthis van Heijningen Jr. was set to direct the film but the film was put on ice for a number of years until Netflix revived the project.
Snyder’s involvement in DC’s expanded universe was one of the reasons why Army of the Dead was on the ice for so long.
Army of the Dead is Zack Snyder’s return to the director’s seat after taking a sabbatical to spend time with his family. He’s expressed his excitement to return to filmmaking in an interview with THR stating:
"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…I love to honour canon and the works of art, but this is the opportunity to find a purely joyful way to express myself through 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".
Filming began on July 15th, 2019, and concluded by October 27th, 2019. At the time of this update, Army of the Dead will have been in post-production for 7 months.
Holy shit!! I got some of that Zack Crack for the first time!!!!! pic.twitter.com/eug5DoY9Om
— NaV⚒SnyderCut2021 (@booshing214) May 22, 2020
The confirmed cast members for the Army of the Dead are Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Ana de la Reguer, Garret Dillahunt, Raul Castillo, Omari Hardwick, Matthias Schweighofer, Hiroyuki Sanada, Chris D’Elia, Nora Arnezeder, Samantha Jo, Theo Rossi, Huma Qureshi, Chelsea Edmundson, Chelsea Edmundson, Steve Corona, Rich Cetrone