Director Zack Snyder made his feature film debut with 2004’s Dawn of the Dead remake, which catapulted Snyder into the world of mainstream Hollywood and big budget blockbusters. After years of creating some notable hits (300, The Watchmen) and misses (Batman v. Superman, Justice League), it looks like Snyder will once again return to the living dead with Netflix’s Army of the Dead.
According to an exclusive report from The Hollywood Reporter, the film will be directed by Snyder and co-produced with his wife/partner Deborah Snyder. Snyder came up with the original story (which is being scripted by Joby Harold) and the tale will be set in Las Vegas during a massive zombie outbreak, where one enterprising individual decides to pull off a major heist (while everyone is away from the roulette wheels).
It is clear that Snyder is excited about the prospects of returning to the horror genre, saying that “There are no handcuffs on me at all with this one,” and that “I love to honor canon and the works of art,” he says of his adaptations, “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].”
The budget for Army of the Dead is set much higher than most Netflix productions, and the streaming giant is actually “…taking over the project from Warner Bros., where it was first set up in 2007, is going full throttle with Army. The movie is set to commence shooting this summer with a sizable budget that could reach the $90 million range, say sources.” It is also not clear at this time if this will be a theatrical release with a quick turn-around for Netflix subscribers, or if the “Viva Las Vegas Zombie Mash” will debut directly on the small screen.
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