It’s said there’s strength in numbers and this always goes both ways during the zombie apocalypse. At least this time the playing field is leveled in Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead that has just wrapped production according to his post on the social media site Vero which he noted was taken on the “final day of shooting.”
AotD follows a group of mercenaries who plot a heist on a Las Vegas casino during an outbreak of the undead.
Set to be a Netflix Exclusive film, Snyder’s latest film will now begin the phase of editing and post-production effects, with completion and release in 2020.
In recent years, Snyder’s focus has been mainly comic book films, beginning with 300 in 2007 and continuing with Watchmen in 2009, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016 followed by Justice League in 2017, which he needed to take leave from his directing duties during production due to a family tragedy with re-shoots and post-production completed by Avenger‘s director, Joss Whedon.
Although not identified as a direct sequel, this is Snyder’s second Dead film, following his remake of Dawn of the Dead in 2004. A proper sequel to that film had been in development hell for many years which eventually became AotD and doesn’t share the same continuity.
The Dead film series began in 1968 with Night of the Living Dead directed by George Romero, and followed with Dawn of the Dead in 1978 and Day of the Dead in 1985. Even though there was a remake of Night in 1990 and Snyder’s Dawn remake, Land of the Dead was the first true sequel to the Dead trilogy and was released in 2005. Following this was Diary of the Dead in 2007 and Survival of the Dead in 2009, which were also directed by Romero.
With the continued success of AMC’s The Walking Dead, films and TV series about zombies have been on a resurgence in recent times, and as such AotD looks to help continue this pop-culture phenomena.
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