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Director Zack Snyder had revealed his hope for further Army of the Dead films ahead of the zombie heist adventure release on Netflix.
Having departed from his role as director of the theatrical cut of Justice League for personal reasons, Snyder recently made a much-publicised return to the film to release his own cut of the DC Comics film through streaming service HBO Max.
However, prior to this, Snyder had worked on his zombie heist thriller Army of the Dead which is set following a zombie epidemic that now sees Las Vegas overrun by the inhuman monsters but successfully locked inside Sin City.
Yet, survivor Scott Ward (Dave Bautista) now leads a crew of diverse and interesting characters into the city now overrun by zombies in the hopes of pulling off a major heist.
Dave Bautista as Scott Ward in Army of the Dead
(Image: NETFLIX © 2021)
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Naturally, there will be some undead assailants the crew will have to run into, but the most difficult encounters with Scott will occur with his estranged daughter, Kate (Ella Purnell).
Now, speaking to The Mirror and other media outlets, Zack Snyder has discussed the film and what he hopes to achieve with it.
On returning to the director’s chair for the first time since his Justice League departure, Snyder reveals: “It was fun. I mean, like, you know, I also shot the movie…just the physical reality of operating a camera. And, you know, lighting a movie, as well as directing.
“It is a hugely different experience from just sitting in a chair and staring at a TV all day. So in that way, it was really refreshing Actually, I really enjoyed it.
“The physical act of shooting the movie was really just spectacularly fun.”
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He adds:” I had a great incredible crew…we didn't allow any chairs like director's chairs on set.”
So, what is it about the zombie subgenre that appeals to audiences and to Snyder so much?
Snyder says: "It's a monster movie where the monster is us. You know, it's a monster, like, it's us without our humanity."
He explains of Army of the Dead: "I wanted to see if we could generate sympathy for the zombies, like whether I could create a scenario in which the zombies themselves were sympathetic.
"And, you know, when they, when the humans cross them, they were actually the motive, zombies' motivation for attacking was actually justified, you know, and I think that that sort of conversation I was having with myself about and [Shay Hunter] my writer about like, yeah, can't we, is that not more interesting?"
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Snyder wants to explore how humanity is "a species that we can't leave it alone, you know, we're always f***ing it up in a lot of ways."
The director also discussed his hopes for the film’s universe as a franchise with a potential sequel.
When asked about his desire for this, Snyder says: “Always. Knock on wood. Always hope to return.”
Snyder has hopes for sequels to Army of the Dead
The Army of the Dead is already due to return with an animated prequel series subtitled Las Vegas, while a prequel spin-off is also due in the form of Army of Thieves.
The latter will be directed by Army of the Dead star Matthias Schweighöfer who will also reprise his role as German safecracker Ludwig Dieter.
Discussing this film with The Mirror and other press outlets, Matthias let fans know what would be in store with Army of Thieves.
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Matthias teases: “It the story of Ludwig Dieter before the Army of the Dead film.
“It will be a huge, huge heist movie with huge, huge heist stuff we’ve never seen before.
“We have Nathalie Emmanuel, she’s playing the main lead, that’s great, and it’s a very international film. So it’s a big blockbuster and it’s a lot of fun.
“It will be interesting to see how that connects to the zombie world of Zack and we are all very excited that it’s the big start of that universe.”
*Army of the Dead is released globally on Netflix on May 21, 2021.
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