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Zack Snyder’s “ARMY OF THE DEAD” revives at Netflix with Dave Bautista

Friday, April 5, 2019 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

An undead epic that Zack Snyder first attempted to launch in 2008 has been reconceived and will now be a Netflix original, with a busy action star in the lead.

Deadline reports that Dave Bautista will star in ARMY OF THE DEAD, which Snyder (pictured below) will direct on a $70-million budget for Netflix. Back in ’08, Snyder (who made his feature debut with the DAWN OF THE DEAD update) was preparing to produce ARMY, with Matthijs van Heijningen (THE THING “premake”) directing from a script by Joby Harold about a father trying to rescue his young daughter in a Las Vegas overrun with zombies. The new incarnation, written by Snyder and Shay Hatten, involves a group of mercenaries attempting to pull off a major heist in a quarantined, ghoul-infested Vegas. Snyder is also producing with his wife Deborah. Bautista will next be seen in Yuen Woo-ping’s martial-arts extravaganza MASTER Z: IP MAN LEGACY, opening April 12, then as Drax in AVENGERS: ENDGAME two weeks later and Fox/Disney’s STUBER July 12.

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.