Snyder’s upcoming Dave Bautista-starring zombie action heist film Army of the Dead, set to hit Netflix in 2021, is already spawning a prequel movie and an anime series – with Snyder producing the former and exec producing the latter. Army of the Dead will follow a group of mercenaries as they attempt to pull off the greatest heist ever attempted.
The streamer has announced that both the prequel and anime will be penned by Shay Hatten, who co-wrote Army of the Dead with Snyder and Joby Harold. Hatten’s first credit was John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum and he is attached to write John Wick spinoff Ballerina. Set to direct and star in what Netflix describes as a “multi-language prequel” is Matthias Schweighöfer, who’ll be reprising his Army of the Dead role as Ludwig Dieter.
“It has already been a great pleasure to be part of this wonderful ensemble around Zack Synder – a fascinating project,” said Schweighöfer, whose directorial credits include German films The Manny and The Break Up Man, as well as all twelve episodes of Amazon Prime’s German crime drama series You Are Wanted (which he also starred in). “I am happy that it is now being developed on so many different levels.”
Titled Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas, the anime series will be following Dave Bautista’s character, Scott, and his rescue crew during the initial fall of Vegas as they confront the mysterious source of the zombie outbreak. Zack Snyder will be at the helm of 2 episodes, with Jay Oliva (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and upcoming Netflix Original Anime Series Trese) on board as showrunner and also directing two eps.
Said Zack Snyder: “I’m incredibly excited for the opportunity to partner with Netflix again as we expand the Army of the Dead universe with both an international prequel, as well as exploring the visually dynamic world of animation. It’s been a great collaboration and we are thrilled that Netflix sees this as big of an IP as we do.”
Hitting Netflix sometime in 2021, Army of the Dead also stars Ella Purnell, Ana De La Reguera, Theo Rossi, Huma Qureshi, Omari Hardwick, Tig Notaro (replacing comedian Chris D’Elia), Hiroyuki Sanada, Garret Dillahunt, Raúl Castillo, Nora Arnezeder, and Samantha Win.