Zack Snyder’s ‘Army of the Dead’ and Warner Bros. Absence with the Project

Zack Snyder has been a trademark for Warner Bros. over the last couple of years. With big cinematic projects under his belt, Snyder’s inherent genius in the industry is a likely talent to be kept by any company.

If you’re forever entangled with the DC Extended Universe as one of its main contributors, your name is already known for years and years to come. From Man of SteelBatman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Justice League to 300WatchmenLegends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, and Sucker Punch––this man has been all over Warner Bros.

That’s why it came as a surprise knowing that Snyder’s upcoming zombie film Army of the Dead was being made alongside Netflix. For some reason, it feels as if the pandemic is relevant to this issue, but it also feels like it isn’t. According to Snyder, the reason why Warner Bros. didn’t oversee (and release) the zombie film was because the company “didn’t want to spend that kind of money on a zombie movie, or just didn’t take it that seriously.

According to Snyder, the movie will be:

“…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.

For Snyder, Army of the Dead is more than just a zombie movie. Though the film was in chaotic development with Warner Bros., Netflix was the company that gave Snyder the green light for the ambitious sci-fi thriller.

I was talking about some of these scripts I was working on. And I mentioned the idea to [Netflix head of original films Scott Stuber] and he was like, ‘That is the movie! Go write that movie and let’s make it.’ I was like, ‘What, do you mean now?’ And he’s like, ‘Go write it tomorrow and we’ll go shoot it in a week.

The streaming giant has thrown every single ounce of support to Snyder and his film––so much so that there will be a four-hour animated prequel series for the film titled Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas. That’s the Netflix way and honestly, I hope it remains that way.

Written by Ruth Mia Davis

Stay at home mom to two girls by day and author by night. All things Netflix & Disney.

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