Netflix's ARMY OF THE DEAD directed by Zack Snyder (TBD)
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Zack Snyder Returning to Movies With Zombie Action Pic 'Army of the Dead'

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Zack Snyder, who directed 2017's Justice League only to step away from movies to deal with a family tragedy, has signed on to helm Army of the Dead, a zombie horror thriller, for Netflix. Snyder will direct and produce with his partner and wife, Deborah Snyder, via their newly rebranded production company, Stone Quarry. The company's Wesley Coller is also producing.

 

Snyder also came up with the story for Army, which has a --script by Joby Harold. The adventure is set 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.

 

Netflix, which is taking the project over from Warner Bros., where it was first set up in 2007, is going full throttle with Army. The movie will commence shooting this summer with a sizable budget that could reach the $90 million range, say sources.

To say Snyder is excited would be an understatement.

 

"There are no handcuffs on me at all with this one,” Snyder tells The Hollywood Reporter in an interview.

 

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New details are learned about Army of the Dead which follows Dave Bautista's character who leads a group of mercenaries into the quarantine zone of a zombie outbreak to pull off the greatest heist that ever attempted. A rumored list of a dozen character breakdowns has surfaced (via the Observer) offering:

  • Dave Bautista is said to be playing "Scott," described as: Dry-witted, thoughtful. Estranged from his family. Presently, Bautista is the only actor currently cast in the movie, but the other character breakdowns reveal a rather motley crew:
  • "Kate" is Scott's daughter, a volunteer a the World Health Organization described as: Taciturn, hard-working, driven.
  • "Vanderohe" is a bad-ss good-humored muscular character, strong as a beast, who is known for his zombie killing expertise.
  • "Frank Peters" is said to be a “cool-as-hell older dude with slicked-back gray hair and aviators” who is a chopper pilot that is brought on board to transport the team into the zombie-held territory.
  • "Lilly," aka Coyote, is a restless tough cookie who wants to return to the zombie stronghold for unknown reasons.
  • "Cruz" is hard-drinking, tough-talking Latina, a mechanic, and owner of a body shop. It's said she is happy to join the mission, but it is not about the money.
  • "Ludwig Dieter" is described as a scrawny Swiss-German kid and master safe-cracker who is vocally excited about the mission and considers it fun.
  • "Reggie," another zombie killer, is said to be “tough as can be—jacked, stacked and cool.”
  • "Adeline" is a disenfranchised immigrant, a refugee, and a single mom with two young children willing to do anything to keep her kids safe.
  • "Burt Cummings" is described as thin, with a “porny mustache,” a greasy-haired, tobacco-chewing, self-important jerk, who is taking advantage of the power he has obtained over the refugees.
  • "Mikey Guzman" is a fearless, highly capable sharp-shooter that is able to kill multiple zombies with a single shot. He is looking for the one big score that will change his life.
  • "Martin" is described as a Ray-Ban wearing fellow in a suit, he is right-hand-man to billionaire Hunter Bly and the former head of security at Blye’s Las Vegas casino. No one is quite sure of his motivations.

 

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I really hope this is Snyder’s return to his glory days of Dawn of the Dead, 300 and Watchmen. And the -script for Army of the Dead was written right after Dawn of the Dead and was intended to be a sequel. Then it went into production limbo until it’s netflix revival.

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Zack Snyder’s new zombie action heist Netflix movie Army of the Dead won’t drop until next year, but the streamer, in a unique move, has already greenlit a prequel feature and spin-off anime series.

 

Army of the Dead follows the aftermath of a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas, and the group of mercenaries who venture into the quarantine zone to pull off a big heist. The pic has an all-star international cast including Dave Bautista,  Ella Purnell, Ana De La Reguera, Theo Rossi, Huma Qureshi, Omari Hardwick, Tig Notaro, Hiroyuki Sanada, Garret Dillahunt, Matthias Schweighöfer, Raúl Castillo, Nora Arnezeder, and Samantha Win.

 

The prequel will be directed by and star Grimme Award winner Schweighöfer and will follow his Army of the Dead character “Ludwig Dieter”. Shay Hatten, one of the writers of the screenplay for Army of the Dead, will write the prequel as well as the anime series. The pic will be produced out of Germany by Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder and Wesley Coller of The Stone Quarry and Schweighöfer and Dan Maag of Pantaleon Films.

 

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Zack Snyder Promises “Insane Zombie Mayhem” With ‘Army of the Dead’

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Zack Snyder drops some details regarding Army of the Dead, his upcoming zombie action movie. Most of what Snyder has to say here is positive, including a promise that the overwhelming majority of the zombies in the film will be created via practical effects. There’s nothing worse than CGI-heavy zombies and/or monsters, really. The best/worst example of this is Will Smith’s I Am Legend, which was much better than I thought it would be but was hampered by some terrible digital-heavy monsters.

 

“90% of our zombies are completed practical,” Snyder says in the video, going on to talk up the action sequences we’re in store for: “The sort of zombie war, the action sequences and the fighting, my longtime collaborator and friend Damon Caro worked hard to create some insane zombie mayhem on an epic level, with a little splash of Vegas, just to make it cool.”

 

“Make it cool” is pretty much Snyder’s go-to aesthetic, for better or worse, so none of that is surprising. And what of Army of the Dead‘s tone? Is it horror-heavy? Action-based? Here’s what Snyder says:

 

“I’m obsessed with the kind of tone where – I would say this – the movie has fun, but it doesn’t make fun, which is a really fine line. I really wanted to make a no-holds-barred zombie genre insanity. My cohorts over at Netflix really strapped in and went for a ride with me…we nerded out hardcore on our genre tropes, and you will see the tropiest tropification of tropes in the history of troping.”

 

Army of the Dead will hit Netflix sometime in 2021.

 

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Zack Snyder reveals a first look at his zombie heist Netflix movie Army of the Dead

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This month, EW is offering exclusive looks at more than two dozen of 2021's most anticipated movies. Check out more of our preview here.

 

It's a helluva three-word pitch: "Zombie heist movie."

 

You can immediately envision a story about a capable hero who assembles a team of undesirables to infiltrate an impregnable fortress (in this case, a Las Vegas casino) during an undead uprising. Call it Ocean's 11 Days Later, or The Fast and the Cadaverous, or even its actual title, Army of the Dead. But according to writer-director Zack Snyder, there's one major element of his Netflix movie you won't see coming.

 

"It is a full-blown, balls-to-the-wall zombie heist movie, so it's genre-on-genre in a great way," says Snyder (Man of Steel, 300) in an exclusive first look behind the scenes of the film coming later this year. "So you expect pure zombie mayhem, and you get that, 100 percent. But also you get these really amazing characters on a fantastic journey. It's going to surprise people that there's a lot of warmth and real emotion with these great characters."

 

Yup. A zombie heist movie — but with heart!

 

Snyder got the idea for his monster genre mash-up shortly after finishing his acclaimed 2004 remake of George A. Romero's classic Dawn of the Dead. The new film's setup is that a plague has been released from Nevada's secretive Area 51 military base. The U.S. government has managed to contain the outbreak by building a wall around an overrun Sin City. But there's still all that cash in zombie-infested casinos, if only somebody is brave (or dumb) enough to try to go and get it.

 

"With Dawn, we made a zombie movie but tried to do it all the way with all of those tropes of the genre," Snyder says. "That was so fun, so I started to think of what were other genres that story didn't have room for. It's this tone where you have fun with the genre but you don't make fun of the genre — it's a fine line."

 

For years, the idea languished in development at Warner Bros. "They didn't want to spend that kind of money on a zombie movie, or just didn't take it that seriously," Snyder says. "I was always like, 'Look guys, this is more than [just a zombie movie],' but it fizzled out."

 

Then Netflix stepped up to stake the project, as the streamer tends to do. "We were in a meeting at Netflix and I was talking about some of these scripts I was working on," Snyder recalls. "And I mentioned the idea to [Netflix head of original films Scott Stuber] and he was like, 'That is the movie! Go write that movie and let's make it.' I was like, 'What, do you mean now?' And he's like, 'Go write it tomorrow and we'll do shoot it in a week.'"

 

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