Zack Snyder‘s taking a break from superheroes, and going back to the walking (and running) undead that put him on the map. In his first feature film since he had to abandon Justice League due to a family tragedy, he’s taking on a zombie movie again. Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead, scripted by James Gunn, was originally derided as a terrible idea for a remake of a horror classic, but by introducing “running zombies” and casting A-list actors, it wound up contributing to the zombie horror genre rather than simply retreading it.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Army of the Dead will be a heist movie set in a quarantined Las Vegas, post zombie apocalypse. And you’ll never have to clamor for a “Snyder cut” — this is for Netflix, and they’re letting him do whatever he wants, including operating the camera himself. This will be only Snyder’s second feature to not be based on previously existing material; the first was Sucker Punch. He promises, “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.”
Because David Ayer’s Bright did so well for the streaming service, it’s not hard to see why Netflix signed another DC director to do an original spin on the kind of thing he normally does with comic-book characters. But given how big and crazy Zack Snyder movies usually are, it makes us wonder: if he wasn’t fully unleashed before, just how nuts is this movie going to be?
Netflix may be giving him as much as $90 million to find out.