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Netflix Doubles Down On Zack Snyder’s Army Of The Dead With Prequel And Anime

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BY September 4, 2020
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Creating supplemental material to their originals seems to have become Netflix’s thing. More specifically, Netflix is ordering a lot of additional movies or anime tied to their successful TV or movie originals. They’ve done this so far with the recently canceled Altered Carbon series and its anime movie Resleeved, as well as the upcoming The Witcher anime based on the original series. And now we have confirmation that Zack Snyder’s Army Of The Dead will be getting the same treatment. The new movie will also have a prequel movie along with an anime series. 

Zack Snyder’s Army Of The Dead Returns Director To His Roots

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Zack Snyder is the guy behind the beginning of the DC Extended Universe of movies. He’s so far given us the iterations of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and Flash that we’ve grown to love. During his career, he has become a sort of superhero-centric filmmaker after taking on the daunting job of adapting one of the most iconic comic books of all time, The Watchmen. His breakout film 300 also came from a Frank Miller comic. However, before this comic book movie obsession, Snyder made his mark as a feature film director by remaking George A. Romero’s iconic Dawn Of The Dead. Romero even professed his surprise with Snyder’s take on his classic.

Over the last few years, Snyder has gone through a lot. First was the less-than critical reception to Batman V. Superman, followed by conceding changes to his vision of the Justice League movie. After a family tragedy forced him to leave the project altogether, Justice League went on to become a highly divisive film. With Snyder finally being able to release his vision with the Justice League Snyder Cut on HBO Max in 2021, it looks like he’s returning to his roots with his next project. 

Army Of The Dead Is A Netflix Original Movie

Army Of The Dead is Snyder’s first collaboration with Netflix. It’s about of a group of mercenaries attempting to pull off a heist, in the middle of zombie-infested Las Vegas. It sounds exactly the type of movie that you can picture Snyder making. And it honestly sounds incredible. There have been countless movies in the zombie genre, and The Walking Dead series kind of explored all possible stories in its 10-plus seasons. So who better to put a new spin on the zombie genre, than the guy who remade one of the classic zombie movies of all time. 

Zack Snyder’s Army Of The Dead stars Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Anna De La Reguera, Tig Notaro, and many more. The all-star ensemble cast features many international actors, which should appeal to the international demographic that Netflix caters to. And with that in mind, the prequel movie announced looks to be just as internationally focused. 

Snyder’s Army Of The Dead Anime & Prequel

The Army Of The Dead prequel movie will be about the character of Matthias Shrweighofer, with the actor directing the film as well. While the anime acts as an origin story to Bautista’s character. The anime, Army Of The Dead: Lost Vegas, will see just how the zombie outbreak began, through the eyes of Bautista’s character and his rescue crew. This will be Snyder’s first anime, and he seems excited, directing two episodes of the series himself. 

“I’m incredibly excited for the opportunity to partner with Netflix again as we expand the ‘Army of the Dead’ universe with both an international prequel, as well as exploring the visually dynamic world of animation. It’s been a great collaboration and we are thrilled that Netflix sees this as big of an IP as we do.”

— Zack Snyder

Army Of The Dead releases on Netflix in 2021. The prequel and anime should follow sometime after. 

Are you interested in seeing Zack Snyder’s Army Of The Dead expand even before we get the actual movie? Let us know in the comments below, or anywhere on social media. 

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Shah Shahid is an entertainment writer, movie critic (so he thinks), host of the Split Screen Podcast (on Apple Podcasts & everywhere else) and filmy father on a mission to educate his girls on decades of film history. Armed with uncontrollable sarcasm and cautious optimism, Shah loves discussing film, television and comic book content until his wife’s eyes glaze over. So save her by engaging him on his own blog at BlankPageBeatdown.com or on Twitter @theshahshahid.

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