Posted on Tuesday, February 7th, 2012 by Angie Han
Back in 2008, commercial filmmaker Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. signed on to make his feature directing debut on the Zack Snyder-developed Army of the Dead, a follow-up to Snyder’s 2004 zombie pic Dawn of the Dead. When the project stalled, van Heijningen went on to helm Universal’s The Thing instead, but continued to harbor hopes that Army of the Dead would take off eventually; as recently as this past fall, van Heijningen was telling outlets that Army of the Dead had could still be revived at Warner Bros.
However, the months since then have apparently worn away at van Heijningen’s optimism, because he’s now saying that the project is unlikely to happen. Read his comments after the jump.
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Several years ago, when Zack Snyder was still making Watchmen, the director started talking about a zombie movie that he had been developing. The project was called Army of the Dead; it was written by Joby Harold and quickly attached director Matthijs van Heijningen. But the project stalled, and some time later van Heijningen went on to make The Thing for Universal.
But Army of the Dead may not yet be buried; seemingly it has a chance of going forward again at Warner Bros. That’s according to van Heijningen, who also says the film would have some pretty extreme zombie behavior. And by that, I mean zombie rape. Nasty. Read on for the details. Read More »
Commercial filmmaker and visual artist Matthijs van Heijningen will make his directorial debut on the Zack Snyder‘s Army of the Dead. Joby Harold (Awake) wrote the screenplay based on an original idea by Snyder. The story follows a father on a mission to save his daughter in a quarantined and zombie-infested Las Vegas. Snyder has described the film as a “zombie movie on the scale that” hasn’t been done before. Zack praised Heijningen’s “ability to infuse humor with irony allows him to create compelling stories in 30 seconds.”
Watch 8 of Heijningen’s TV commercials in today’s Video(s) of the Day.
Disclaimer: No, the image in the header of this article is not concept art from the film. It is the work of Joseph Bergin III. Check out his work on DeviantArt!