Besides his original cut of Justice League releasing on HBO Max in  2021, Zack Snyder is finally bringing his next directorial venture Army of the Dead to Netflix after a three-year hiatus.

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Snyder’s Man of Steel (2013) was the first film to kick off the DC film universe. It was initiated to compete with the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Along with MoS, Snyder directed 2015’s Batman V Superman and the 2017’s theatrical release Justice League, which the director had to leave amid post-production due to a family tragedy.

‘Army Of The Dead’ Plot 

Snyder’s next film, Army of the Dead is a zombie heist film about a group of mercenaries that venture into Las Vegas quarantine zone to pull off a casino heist during a zombie outbreak. 

The film is a ‘spiritual successor’ to Snyder’s very first film, Dawn of the Dead (2004). 

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Army Of The Dead Cast 

The film cast includes Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Ana de la Reguera, Theo Rossi, Chris D’Elia, Huma Qureshi, Garret Dillahunt, Raúl Castillo, Omari Hardwick, Hiroyuki Sanada, Matthias Schweighofer.

Dave Bautista was among the first ones to be cast in a lead role. Following his casting, Ella Purnell, Ana de la Reguera, Theo Rossi, and Huma Qureshi joined the cast.

In 2019, other actors like Garret Dillahunt, Raúl Castillo, Omari Hardwick, Chris D’Elia, Hiroyuki Sanada, Nora Arnezeder, Matthias Schweighöfer, and Samantha Jo had joined the cast. 

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What do We Know So Far?

Army of the dead is a spiritual successor to Snyder’s first film, Dawn of the Dead

Snyder initially penned the story for the film with screenplay credit to Joby Harold, Shay Hatten, and himself.

The film was first announced for development as a sequel to 2004’s Dawn of the Dead with Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. entertainment attached to distribute. Snyder was offered a chance to direct the film following his success with Dawn of the Dead, but he turned it down in favor of 300 (2006). 

After Snyder’s exit from the project, the film was kept on hold till a suitable director was found. In 2010, commercial director Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. was attached to direct with a release date of 2013, but that version also fell through. 

The project was put back on ignition engine when Netflix bought the rights to the film from Warner Bros. and signed Snyder in the directorial role. Along with director duties, Snyder will also act as the producer of the movie along with his wife and long-time collaborator, Deborah Snyder.

Army of the Dead Release Date

The film started production in mid-2019 with an apparent budget of $90 million. The filming locations include Los Angeles, California, Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Atlantic Club Casino Hotel in New Jersey.

The release date for the film hasn’t been announced other than a Netflix premiere.