Director Zack Snyder is returning to work for a new zombie movie, 20 months after stepping away from the spotlight following the death of his daughter.
The filmmaker walked away from post-production work on superhero movie Justice League in May, 2017, two months after his daughter Autumn took her own life, and Avengers director Joss Whedon was brought into help complete the DC Comics blockbuster.
Last year (18), Snyder signed on to a drama called The Last Photograph, while he also expressed an interest in adapting author Ayn Rand’s 1943 book The Fountainhead for the big screen.
However, it appears his first project to move into production will be Army of the Dead, a sci-fi horror movie for bosses at streaming services Netflix.
Based on a story by Snyder, the film follows a group of mercenaries which attempts a daring heist at the height of a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas – and Zack promises fans it will be one of his wildest pictures to date.
“There are no handcuffs on me at all with this one,” he tells The Hollywood Reporter. “I thought this was a good palate cleanser to really dig in with both hands and make something fun and epic and crazy and bonkers in the best possible way…”
“This is the opportunity to find a purely joyful way to express myself though a genre. It will be the most kick-a**, 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).”
Screenwriter Joby Harold penned the script, which Snyder will produce with his business partner and wife, Deborah, for their company Stone Quarry.
Casting details have yet to be released, but principal photography is expected to begin later this year (19), and Snyder will be getting back in the director’s chair with a renewed passion for filmmaking.
“I love big action, I love big sequences,” he continues. “My movie brain starts clicking around and I was like, ‘We need to be shooting this now!’ Constructing these sequences really fired me up.”
Snyder is no stranger to the world of zombies, having made his directorial debut with Dawn of the Dead back in 2004.
Army of the Dead has actually been in the works for over a decade, as it was initially set up at Warner Bros. studios back in 2007.
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