Zack Snyder (“300,” “Watchmen”) has signed on to direct the zombie horror heist feature “Army of the Dead” at Netflix.
Joby Harold (“King Arthur: Legend of the Sword,” “Awake”) penned the script which is set amid a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas. 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.
Snyder will direct and produce with his partner and wife, Deborah Snyder, and with Wesley Coller. The project marks his first post-“Justice League” movie and sees him returning to a genre where he made his name – Snyder broke through in 2004 with his well regarded “Dawn of the Dead” remake.
Netflix reportedly sought out and picked up the project which was languishing in Warners’ vault. The deal to grab it could set a precedent for film projects stuck or abandoned in development at major studios to find new life with a streaming service.
Production is set to commence shooting this summer with a budget that could get up to $90 million and Snyder tells The Hollywood Reporter: “No one’s ever let me completely loose. There are no handcuffs on me at all with this one,.”