He was going to make an immediate sequel to Dawn of the Dead (there is an unrelated Day of the Dead movie remake, also staring Ving Rhames) but it never got off the ground and he went on to 300. Given that commercial success, he’ll hopefully get the leeway to make a decent budget zombie flick. It sounds from the linked interview like he wants to make something "epic’
“I feel like there hasn’t been a zombie movie on the scale that we want to do it,”
Maybe we’ll finally get a zombie movie that shows tanks, etc., heh.
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.
A heist movie during a zombie apocalypse? Well, that’s new, at least. I guess this is the Dead Rising 2 type of Zombie apocalypse where people have moved on with their lives and just take the zombie apocalypse in stride as something they have to live with. That way society still functions on some level, and money still has value, and therefore a heist is still not meaningless like it would be if society had fallen apart.
Wish we’d have gotten the original premise for Army of the Dead, when it was going to be about the fall of civilization to the “fast” zombies. But that was covered directly by WWZ, I suppose, and there has been so much zombie content since Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead that it’s not surprising plans shifted
That wasn’t in Snyder’s original version - it was in the draft(s) prepared after he abandoned the project as director (but was still on as Producer, in some fashion).
Blech. The zombie baby stuff was the worst part of Dawn of the Dead, although that was written by James Gunn and toned down by Snyder. Gunn probably deserves credit for a lot of the good stuff in that movie too, however. Snyder did get good performances out of a mediocre cast and did a great job with the action scenes. He’s always been good with action scenes.
Adding this article I just came across. At first I was all, hey cool! I like Tig Notaro a bunch, I bet she’d be cool in a zombie movie! But - the movie was shot last year? So they’ll just be reshooting bits this other dude was in, or superimposing Tig over him or some such? With “lockdown friendly reshoots”? That sounds weird.