Zack Snyder to Direct Zombie Heist Movie ‘Army of the Dead’ for Netflix

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brian-mcgee - January 30, 2019


Back in 2004, Zack Snyder started his career by directing a frantic, kinetic remake of Dawn of the Dead, for which maintained the "Zombies attack survivors in a mall" conceit, but did something new and halfway decent with it. It's fitting, then, with his career in shambles following his experiences with the DCEU that he should return to such familiar climes for his next film.

Army of the Dead will have no connection to Dawn of the Dead, other than it's another zombie flick, but according to The Hollywood Reporter, this is a zombie flick we haven't seen before...

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.

The film was initially set to go at Warner Brothers back in 2007, but with Snyder and the studio now on the outs following the Justice League debacle, he took it over to Netflix who happily gave the embattled director all the capital he needed to make something insane...

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

Dude, I thought the problem with Batman v Superman was that you had no handcuffs and turned in a garbage movie? I love these directors who get tons of creative freedom, turn in absolute dog shit movies as a result, and then blame the poor finished product on the handful of things they couldn't do.

We've seen Snyder without handcuffs nearly every single time he's made a film: Sucker Punch, 300, Watchmen. The problem isn't whether or not a studio reigns him in, it's how much they leave him alone to do whatever he wants. That's almost always when he turns in sub-par films.

Expect more of the same whenever Army of the Dead shows up on Netflix and gets summarily ignored by everyone before Netflix declares that every household in America watched it.

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