Zack Snyder will make his return to movies to helm Army of the Dead for Netflix. This will mark the first film Snyder has worked on since taking stepping away from Warner Bros.' Justice League for personal reasons related to a family tragedy.
Army of the Dead will be directed and produced by Snyder and his wife Deborah through their newly-formed production company, Stone Quarry.
The film is described as taking place "amid a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas, during which a man assembles a group of mercenaries to take the ultimate gamble, venturing into the quarantined zone to pull off the greatest heist ever attempted." Army of the Dead joins Netflix after originally being set up at Warner Bros. in 2007. Sources say the budget could reach $90 million.
"There are no handcuffs on me at all with this one,” Snyder told The Hollywood Reporter. “I thought this was a good palate cleanser to really dig in with both hands and make something fun and epic and crazy and bonkers in the best possible way,” he said.
Snyder stepped away as director of Justice League following his daughter, Autumn, committed suicided. Joss Whedon would then step in to finish reshoots and postproduction on the film. Autumn was Snyder's daughter from his first marriage; together, he and his wife Deborah are raising seven children and step-children. Autumn was a student at Sarah Lawrence College, where she loved “to write, to write, to write,” Deborah Snyder said. Autumn completed a sci-fi/fantasy novel before her death, which the family hopes to publish with proceeds going to charity.
“I love to honor canon and the works of art,” Snyder said regarding his previous adaptations like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and 300, “but this is the opportunity to find a purely joyful way to express myself though 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].”
“When the movie gets super big, you get pushed away from the camera," he added. "And in the last few years I’ve had a reconnection with photography. This movie will be a chance to get the camera in hand."
Army of the Dead is expected to begin filming this summer.