Director Zack Snyder’s upcoming Army of the Dead will be a zombie-filled heist movie that Snyder promises will be 100 percent zombie mayhem.
Director Zack Snyder’s upcoming Army of the Dead is set to be a zombie-filled heist when it arrives exclusively on Netflix later this year. The much-anticipated film has been the subject of plenty of discussion and conjecture ever since it was officially announced just under a year ago.
Widely known for his work on a multitude of superhero movies over the past decade, Snyder actually made his big-screen directorial debut with 2004’s Dawn of the Dead. As a remake of iconic zombie movie mastermind George A. Romero’s 1978 film of the same name, Dawn of the Dead fared very well with horror fans upon its release, instantly putting Snyder in the spotlight. But rather than follow the film up with further explorations of the genre, Snyder moved on to different pursuits, landing additional acclaim two years later with 300, before diving head-first into the superhero genre. Despite this fond allegiance to all things superhero, Snyder never quite relinquished his horror roots, making the announcement that Army of the Dead would be his next project extremely satisfying for horror movie fans.
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As one of 2021’s most anticipated films, Snyder’s Army of the Dead is currently the focus of a behind-the-scenes exclusive from EW. Insisting that his film will contain “100 percent zombie mayhem,” Snyder made it clear that this was more than just a run of the mill zombie story, thanks to its pairing of a heist movie in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. Assuring eager fans that aside from its horror and heist elements, the new film will also contain “warmth and real emotion” within its characters, Snyder said:
“It is a full-blown, balls-to-the-wall zombie heist movie, so it’s genre-on-genre in a great way. So you expect pure zombie mayhem, and you get that, 100 percent. But also you get these really amazing characters on a fantastic journey. It’s going to surprise people that there’s a lot of warmth and real emotion with these great characters.”
The zombie genre had a huge resurgence in the early 2000s, thanks in no small part to the likes of films like 28 Days Later and the aforementioned Dawn of the Dead remake. The definition of what a zombie was and how it behaved seemed to be changing, yet despite the flood of films that arrived over the course of two decades, a film that follows a casino heist during a zombie apocalypse has never been attempted. As a matter of fact, Snyder admits that he’d previously pitched the film to Warner Bros., but the studio felt that it was too much money to spend on a zombie movie. After sitting in dreaded development hell for years, it was Netflix who ultimately stepped up and decided to take a chance.
It might seem strange to think that anyone’s priority during a zombie apocalypse would be to rob a casino, given that money would likely not be worth much. But that might be taking the entire thing too seriously. From the sounds of it, Snyder’s Army of the Dead is shaping up to a whole lot of fun – something that people desperately need in 2021.
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