Remember when people got excited about a new Zack Snyder film? It was a different time when 300 and his Dawn of the Dead remake were in cinemas. Both moviegoers and critics liked his directing style. Snyder proved that he had a distinct vision, especially when it came to action sequences.
However, his most recent films haven’t done well. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League never reached a billion. Many felt that he didn’t do justice to the DC superheroes. But now, he’s making a non-franchise movie — and it’s got his fans hyped once again.
Snyder’s Love for Zombies
If there’s one thing Snyder did years ago, it was to reignite the zombie genre. George A. Romero’s original Dawn of the Dead in 1978 was amazing. But Snyder’s 2004 remake had something else to offer.
His version featured fast zombies instead of the classic slow undead. Not everyone liked this, but it served a purpose. Their quick movement was a remark on Western consumerism. Snyder even made it a point to make a shopping mall as the primary setting.
And with a relatively low budget of $26 million, his Dawn of the Dead remake earned $100 million at the box office. Not bad for a feature film debut.
New Zombies Thanks to Netflix
The 53-year-old director has let go of directing duties for the DC films. These days, he’s fine with serving as a writer or producer. But this doesn’t mean he’s stopped making movies. This time around, he’s going forward with Army of the Dead.
Here’s the interesting part: This was supposed to be a Dawn of the Dead sequel. Snyder also wasn’t the director for it. But that plan didn’t work out. Fast forward to 2019, Netflix decided to get the movie rights from Warner Bros.
Now, we have Snyder as both director and scriptwriter. Netflix also provided him with a generous $90 million budget. In comparison, the long-awaited Zombieland sequel released this year had about half the amount.
So far, we know that the movie is set in Las Vegas. As one might expect, a zombie outbreak occurs — and the city is closed off. But after six years, a business owner decides to get his money back from his casino. How does he do it? He hires a bunch of soldiers and orders them to enter the zombie-infested city.
A Promising Cast
Fans of Snyder and zombies, in general, should look forward to Army of the Dead. For one, Dave Bautista is part of the cast. With the former WWE Heavyweight Champion in the movie, one can expect some amazing action.
We also have Theo Rossi and Omari Hardwick from Luke Cage and Kick-Ass, respectively. These actors seem to indicate that Snyder is looking for people who know how to work with violent action projects. This is probably why the movie will have Canadian martial artist Samantha Jo as well.
Snyder and the rest of the film crew are still shooting the film. It started in July this year in two locations: Los Angeles and Albuquerque. Thus, we’ve got a long way to go before a trailer or teaser arrives. Still, Snyder confirmed that it will be out on Netflix by winter 2020.