Directed by Zack Snyder (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice; Watchmen; Sucker Punch; Dawn of the Dead, 2004) from a screenplay co-written with Joby Harold and Shay Hatten, Army of the Dead is set during a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas and see a man who brings together a group of mercenaries to venture into the quarantine zone to pull off “the greatest heist ever attempted”.
Variety has now reported that an untitled film prequel and an animated series relating to Army of the Dead are in-development at Netflix. Shay Hatten, one of the writers of the screenplay for Army of the Dead, is writing the prequel as well as the animated series.
Snyder said: “I’m incredibly excited for the opportunity to partner with Netflix again as we expand the ‘Army of the Dead’ universe with both an international prequel, as well as exploring the visually dynamic world of animation. It’s been a great collaboration and we are thrilled that Netflix sees this as big of an IP as we do.”
Army of the Dead stars Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Ana De La Reguera, Theo Rossi, Huma Qureshi, Omari Hardwick, Tig Notaro, Hiroyuki Sanada, Garret Dillahunt, Matthias Schweighöfer, Raúl Castillo, Nora Arnezeder and Samantha Win. It’s produced by The Stone Quarry’s Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder and Wesley Coller. The film will be released on Netflix in 2021 and follows a group of mercenaries into a zombie-infested Las Vegas as they try to pull off the greatest heist ever attempted.
The prequel will be directed by and star Matthias Schweighöfer and will follow his Ludwig Dieter character from Army of the Dead. Meanwhile, the animated series, Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas, will focus the origin story of Dave Bautista’s character and his rescue crew during the initial fall of Vegas as they confront the mysterious source of the zombie outbreak.
Meanwhile, it was recently reported that Tig Notaro (Star Trek: Discovery), the actress and comedian has joined the Netflix movie for reshoots and will replace Chris D’Elia, the comedian who has been accused of sexually harassing underage girls.
The Netflix-backed movie will mark Snyder’s return to directing after a family tragedy meant that he left Justice League in 2017, with Joss Whedon doing reshoots and finishing post-production. According to industry insiders, Netflix specifically identified the zombie project and sought it out from previous owners Warner Bros., which might set a precedent for the studio selling other projects to the online streaming service.
In an interview in The Hollywood Reporter Snyder previously stated: “I love to honour canon and the works of art, but this is the opportunity to find a purely joyful way to express myself through a genre. It will be the most kick-ass, 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].”
He added: “I love big action, I love big sequences. My movie brain starts clicking around and I was like, ‘We need to be shooting this now!’ Constructing these sequences really fired me up.”