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Director Zack Snyder has a presence at San Diego Comic-Con this year, even though the filmmaker himself isn’t attending the convention. Some of his fans have organized an effort to convince Warner Bros. to release the Snyder Cut of Justice League, going as far as to hire a plane to fly over the convention center with that messaging on it yesterday.

Snyder himself isn’t there to see this support in person – instead, he’s off shooting his next movie, a zombie thriller called Army of the Dead. And now he’s released the first look at his cast – including Avengers: Endgame‘s Dave Bautista – all suited up to kick some zombie ass.
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army of the dead cast

Zack Snyder‘s first post-DCEU film is Army of the Dead, an action movie about mercenaries trying to pull off a heist during a zombie outbreak. Dave Bautista was previously announced as the star of the film, and now more Army of the Dead cast members have joined the team. Most notable among the bunch is Ella Purnell, who will play Bautista’s daughter. More on the Army of the Dead cast below.

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army of the dead characters

Zack Snyder is returning to zombie movies with the Netflix film Army of the Dead, set to star Dave Bautista. The story focuses on a heist in Las Vegas in the midst of a zombie outbreak – sort of like Ocean’s 11, with the walking dead. New info on the Army of the Dead characters has crawled its way online, offering a little more insight into what Snyder has in store with his next film.

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Dave Bautista in Army of the Dead

Dave Bautista couldn’t be happier that James Gunn is getting back behind the camera for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 after Disney reversed their decision to fire the director of the cosmic Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise. But before he reprises the role of Drax the Destroyer, the wrestler turned actor will be working with another superhero filmmaker.

Dave Bautsita has joined the cast of Army of the Dead, the first directing gig for Zack Snyder after departing Justice League in the middle of post-production due to a family tragedy. So if you weren’t excited before, now you don’t really have an excuse. Read More »

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Years before he was making massive superhero tentpoles, Zack Snyder broke into the film industry with Dawn of the Dead. That 2004 remake of the George Romero masterpiece had no right to be as good as it was – bloody, clever, and audacious, it was a roller coaster of a horror movie that has aged well and remains his best film.

Now, Snyder is returning to the genre with Army of the Dead, a high-concept action/horror movie that sounds like a blast. And like so many filmmakers these days, he’s making the project for Netflix.

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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 »

Zombies Las Vegas

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!

source: THR