Director Zack Snyder shows off Army of the Dead first look
Zack Snyder was noticeably absent from San Diego Comic-Con this year, but he explained over the weekend he was too busy making his zombie heist movie, Army fo the Dead, for Netflix. In a post on the social media platform Vero, Snyder shared a photo from the set, including star Dave Bautista (Stuber). The caption read simply “Couldn’t make it to #SDCC2019 because we’re busy killing zombies.”
The plot, which was conceived by Snyder and written by Joby Harold and Shay Hatten, follows a man who recruits a group of mercenaries to pull off the ultimate heist amidst a zombie apocalypse.
Snyder has been working on the film since 2007, originally having it in development at Warner Bros. Now, the project is in development at Netflix. Word is the streaming service is sparing no expense with a budget reportedly in the $70 million to $90 million range. The Justice League director will produce alongside his wife Deborah Snyder for The Stone Quarry with Wesley Collar. Ori Marmu and Andrew Norman will oversee for Netflix. Principal photography is scheduled to begin this July.
The filmmaker’s last zombie pic was also his first — 2004’s Dawn of the Dead starring Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames and Michael Kelly, among others. Since then he has mostly stayed close to the comic book genre with 300, Watchmen, Man of Steel, and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, as well as the anime-inspired action epic Sucker Punch.