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Zack Snyder to helm 'bonkers' zombie heist movie for Netflix

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Jan 29, 2019

Zack Snyder has returned to the director's chair, and he couldn't be happier about it. 

The filmmaker was previously the architect of Warner Bros.' DCEU franchise, though he had to step aside from 2017's Justice League to tend to a personal tragedy. Joss Whedon finished the film, and there's been no word since on when Snyder would make another feature.

He finally broke his silence on the matter today, and like a lot of top-tier talent, Snyder's moving to Netflix. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, he revealed that he's directing a zombie heist movie (!) called Army of the Dead for the streaming giant. And it sounds like he's going to run wild with it.

"There are no handcuffs on me at all with this one," Snyder said. "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."

In addition to directing, Snyder also came up with the story, which follows a group of mercenaries who are aiming to pull off the ultimate heist from a refugee zone in the middle of a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas. Whew. Despite his extensive work on DC's shared universe these past several years, Snyder is excited to return to standalone films.

"I love to honor canon and the works of art, but this is the opportunity to find a purely joyful way to express myself through a genre," he said.

The film was initially in development at Warner Bros. as far back as 2007, but Netflix has taken it over and slapped a potential $90 million budget on it. Production on what Snyder called "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" will begin this summer.

While the director’s known for comic book adaptations, including Watchmen and 300, Army of the Dead is an original story that gives Snyder a chance to go back to his roots, as his directorial debut was 2004's Dawn of the Dead remake. It's something he's certainly looking forward to.

"When the movie gets super big, you get pushed away from the camera. 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," said Snyder.

Suffice to say, it'll be interesting to see what kind of spectacle Snyder will offer up, especially with unlimited creative freedom.

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