“No one’s ever let me completely loose,” the ‘Justice League’ filmmaker tells The Hollywood Reporter.
Zack is back.
Zack Snyder, who directed 2017’s Justice League only to step awayfrom movies to deal with a family tragedy, has signed on to helm Army of the Dead, a zombie horror thriller, for Netflix. Snyder will direct and produce with his partner and wife, Deborah Snyder, via their newly rebranded production company, Stone Quarry. The shingle’s Wesley Coller is also producing.
Snyder also came up with the story for Army, which has a script by Joby Harold. The adventure is set amid a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas, during which a man assembles a group of mercenaries to take the ultimate gamble, venturing into the quarantined zone to pull off the greatest heist ever attempted.
Netflix, which is taking over the project from Warner Bros., where it was first set up in 2007, is going full throttle with Army. The movie is set to commence shooting this summer with a sizable budget that could reach the $90 million range, say sources.
To say Snyder is excited would be an understatement.
“There are no handcuffs on me at all with this one,” Snyder tells The Hollywood Reporter in an interview.
Snyder was the chief architect of Warner Bros.’ stable of DC Comics films for many years, and he was in postproduction on Justice League when his and Deborah’s daughter committed suicide. The Snyders decided to step away from the movie, letting Joss Whedon film reshoots and finish postproduction. Since then, the duo has been out of the spotlight. There has been a focus on family, working with suicide awareness causes, and a regrouping of his company. But film projects can be cathartic, and Snyder says he has a desire to get back behind the camera.
“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,” he says.