Zack Snyder is gearing up for his next film as director, and he’s set to return to the realm that put him on the map: zombies.
The Dawn of the Dead, 300, Watchmen, Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice filmmaker has signed up to direct a zombie horror thriller for Netflix titled Army of the Dead. As per THR, Snyder is set to direct and will also be producing the film with his partner and wife Deborah Snyder under their Stone Quarry production umbrella.
Army of the Dead comes with a screenplay written by Joby Harold (Awake, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword). The film will follow a guy who assembles a team of mercenaries to pull of an ambitious heist in what could be the worst of locations: the quarantined zone of a zombie outbreak that’s taking place in Las Vegas.
This project was first developed at Warner Bros. back in 2007. Netflix’s acquisition from the big studio could mark a new relationship of sorts between the two companies, particularly if Netflix is looking at other WB projects sitting in development hell. Netflix is now keen to move quickly on what could be a blockbuster; they are looking at getting cameras rolling this year and are lining up a budget that is reportedly eyeing the $US90 million range.
“There are no handcuffs on me at all with this one,” Snyder told THR, expressing his excitement at being given creative freedom to tackle this original genre piece. “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.”
Snyder stepped away from filmmaking and the DC universe he helped shepherd following the passing of his daughter. He exited Justice League during post-production; Joss Whedon (Avengers) came in for reshoots and to wrap post.
Army of the Dead could be the perfect type of film for Snyder to tackle next, and having him in Netflix’s free-rein playhouse makes it even more promising. Stay tuned.