‘Army of the Dead’ director Zack Snyder on returning to his zombie roots

May 10, 2021
Zack Snyder Army of the Dead Netflix
Seven years after releasing his directorial debut Dawn of the Dead, Zack Snyder is returning to explore zombies with a more interesting perspective in Army of the Dead.

Snyder has since been touted as a “visionary filmmaker” for his use of stylized slow-motion quips and creating picturesque settings for larger-than-life characters, but it still never quite captured how grounded Dawn was.

Revisiting that film, at the height of his recent extended cut of Justice League and other DC projects, paints a simpler Snyder who is still yet to define his filmmaking process. And he is now poised to going to that same route with his next movie.
Zack Snyder Army of the Dead Netflix
His latest directorial work, Army of the Dead, promises the same rawness mixed with a much more mature mindset. When asked about revisiting the zombie genre during Netflix’s Asia-Pacific press conference for the film, Snyder simply describes it as a “completely different experience.”

“It was really a kind of reconnection to the cinema for me. Because you know, doing these giant superhero movies gets you further and further away from the camera. And for me, just shooting the movie is sort of reconnection and joyous experience.”

Army of the Dead follows a ragtag team who is assigned to retrieve $200 million left in Las Vegas, now in ruins as a zombie-infested quarantine zone. Unlike his recent works, Snyder provided multiple duties for this film as director, producer, writer, and director of photography. The screenplay, based on his story is original and isn’t tied with another IP.
Zack Snyder Army of the Dead Netflix
“When I did Dawn, it was based on another film. With Army of the Dead based on original IP, it’s a chance for me to blow out and create a world. Getting a chance to start this world from scratch was really fun.”

With cinemas still closed in most parts of the world, streaming Army of the Dead is the way to go when it hits Netflix this May 21, 2021. The big screen may the most ideal, but Zack Snyder promises and firmly believes that everyone will still get the same immersive experience with a smaller one at home.
Zack Snyder Army of the Dead Netflix
“My approach to Army of the Dead was, I want to make a big giant movie for you, regardless if you’re gonna watch it on your TV. In a normal world, you’d be seeing this on a giant screen, worldwide theatrical opening. I want that feeling of a movie, but you’re getting it at home when it comes out day one.”

Army of the Dead stars Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick, Ana De La Reguera, Theo Rossi, Matthias Schweighöfer, Nora Arnezeder, Hiroyuki Sanada, and Garret Dillahunt, Tig Notaro, Raúl Castillo, Huma S. Qureshi, Samantha Win, Richard Cetrone, and Michael Cassidy. 

Watch the official trailer here:
Photos from Netflix.


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