Zack Snyder got the attention of Hollywood with his directorial debut, a remake of Dawn of the Dead. It was an adaptation that was better than it had any right to be, but it seemed like Snyder had left zombies and horror behind in favour of more high concept fare like 300, Watchmen, Sucker Punch, and Justice League. Well, it turns out you can go home again because Snyder’s next project will bring him face-to-face with the walking dead once more.

Snyder has signed a deal to produce and direct a new film for Netflix called Army of the Dead. The film is described by THR as a zombie horror thriller about a team of mercenaries that decide to burgle the Las Vegas strip after it’s locked down in quarantine during a zombie outbreak. Obviously, their plan goes swimmingly, and they all live happily ever after.

The concept for the film is Snyder’s, but the script is by Joby Harold who recently wrote King Arthur: Legend of the Sword and is now working on the script for the superhero flick Flashpoint.

Army of the Dead was originally set-up in 2007 at Warner Bros., where Snyder has spent most of his Hollywood career, but the move to Netflix has put the project on the front burner. Army will start shooting sometime this summer with an expected budget of $90 million, which was the approximate budget of the Netflix hit Bright.

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“I love to honour canon and the works of art,” Snyder told THR in an interview, “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].”


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This will be Snyder’s first movie project since Justice League in 2017, a project he had to abandon in post-production after this daughter, Autumn, took her own life. Snyder, and his wife/producing partner Deborah Snyder, have since been focusing on family and promoting suicide awareness.

“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,” said Snyder about his new work therapy.

Army of the Dead will also be Snyder’s first non-DC Extended Universe Project in six years. His last three films were Man of Steel, Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Justice League.

No casting or release date has been announced yet for the project.

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