The Hollywood Reporter revealed earlier today that director Zack Snyder is officially hired to make the sequel to “Army of the Dead.”
The director signed a “first look” deal with Netflix through their production company Stone Quarry Productions.
“My goal and my hope is to bring as much quality content as possible and to do it on a giant scale. Big projects and big movies. », He revealed.
Snyder is writing the sequel with first film co-writer Shay Hatten.
“Listen, if there had ever been a desire for more Army of the Dead, I know exactly where the story is going. So yeah, we’re set to do the sequel, ”Snyder told Entertainment Tonight.
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Netflix has taken over the Warner Bros. project. Filming began in the summer of 2019 with a budget of up to $ 90 million. Chris D’Elia had previously filmed his scenes in 2020 when stories surfaced about him sexually harassing women. Zack Snyder has hired comedian Tig Notaro to replace D’Elia. Notaro was filmed on his own and inserted into the film in every scene where D’Elia was through a green screen and other special effects. This movie had been going through development hell since 2004, when Snyder turned down the opportunity to direct it to pursue other projects. In 2010, it was announced that the film would finally continue with Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. in the direction and a release date of fall 2013, but this version was not approved. The film is set in the former Atlantic Club Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, which has been closed since January 13, 2014. The casino was also known as the Golden Nugget, Hilton and Bally’s Grand. Shot in late summer 2019, dozens of air conditioners were brought into the hotel. Zack Snyder’s second apocalyptic zombie horror project since Dawn of the Dead (2004), his directorial debut. Zack Snyder cut a crude visual joke from the movie that showed a stripper with a huge penis biting off because he thought he had gone too far. This is Zack Snyder’s first digital film. All of his previous films were shot in 35mm or 65mm. He used digital cameras for Knightmare’s epilogue in “Zack Snyder’s Justice League,” but that was due to COVID-19 concerns. James Gunn had written Zack Snyder’s previous zombie film Dawn of the Dead (2004), but stepped down from writing that film due to the focus on Suicide Squad (2021). A live tiger, carefully decorated with makeup, was used for some photos of the zombie tiger with a trainer present at all times. As for the computer-generated model, the benchmark was one of Carole Baskin’s tigers from the iconic Netflix documentary series Tiger King (2020). Right next to the entrance to the safe are what appear to be five boxes containing rolls of film on a metal shelf. This is Snyder’s version of the Justice League, as Zack Snyder originally shared with Vero in December 2019. Unlike Dawn of the Dead (2004), this film is not based on any work by George A Romero, but some items will be removed from your movies. This film is not a sequel to Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead (2004), written by James Gunn. In Madrugada dos Mortos, the epidemic was global. In Army of the Dead, it is contained in Vegas. Snyder’s second film based on an original concept of himself, after Sucker Punch (2011). Dave Batista declined an offer to appear in The Suicide Squad in order to work on this film. Zack Snyder’s second film for a streaming service, following Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2021). Zack Snyder also acts as director of photography and camera operator on this film. Garret Dillahunt is no stranger to the zombie genre, having been the main star of “Fear the Walking Dead” for several years. At 148 minutes, it is the second longest zombie movie in history, behind George A Romero’s “Dawn of the Dead” (1978), which lasts 156 minutes. “Army of the Dead” is also the third longest-running mainstream horror release in history, behind “It: Chapter 2” (169 minutes) and “Doctor Sleep” (180 minutes).
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At a select press conference, of which CinePOP was one of the guests, the filmmaker unveiled details about the horrific creatures, underscoring his desire to take the genre further, turning zombies into monsters far more evolved than usually:
“I think zombies have lingered in theaters and pop culture because they’re monsters derived from ourselves, so that’s still a great way to think about them. But in this movie, not only did I want to honor the classic zombies, I also wanted to explore what else they had to offer. And one of the things I thought about the most while creating this script was the idea that much more than an evolution, they would even represent our replacement. “
Snyder went even further, questioning the unique characteristics of the zombies in “Army of the Dead”. For the filmmaker, the idea was to make them independent and self-sufficient, so that the “threat” factor could be explored from a somewhat deeper point of view:
“The idea is that they’re not just those next-level zombies that can think, roam, and attack animals. But let them be less wicked, don’t destroy the planet and don’t kill themselves. They are not very aggressive. We got it wrong with them and they return the favor, but this version of humanity or whatever represents the fact that they can survive without us, that they’ll be fine without us. And I thought that would be a fun and scary way to think of them as our replacements.
Throughout the press conference, star Dave Bautista also commented on the action thriller, revealing that he almost rejected the proposal:
“I was able to do a lot of movies with a lot of action scenes, but I never did one where I could show my versatility as an actor. When the project came to me I was not very interested, as it was described to me as a zombie movie with aggression and I was not looking for a job of this size, I wanted to prove myself as a actor. But the proposal came back to me when Zack said he wanted me to play Scott. So I read the script and it was completely different from what I thought it would be. “
The actor, who is also part of the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ franchise, has further reflected on his character’s journey, punctuating the symbolism behind his motivations. According to him, Scott is living a trajectory of family redemption and reconnection with his daughter:
“The film would really give me the opportunity to show different sides of my acting, beyond this guy who is a badass in action scenes. It’s the story of a father who wants to redeem himself with his daughter and that’s what convinced me. It was an opportunity for me to show a bigger side of my performance. He’s not just an action guy. He’s capable to be, but it’s also someone who wants to redeem themselves. It’s a story of redemption. “
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