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Zack Snyder's 'Army of the Dead' spawns prequel, anime series at Netflix

By Christian Imperio Published Sep 07, 2020 12:00 am

Netflix announced that Zack Snyder’s upcoming zombie action heist movie Army of the Dead is getting a film prequel and an anime series.

Snyder’s movie follows the story of a group of mercenaries who will attempt to sneak into a zombie-infested Las Vegas to pull off a big heist. The movie features an all-star cast such as Dave Bautista,  Ella Purnell, Ana De La Reguera, Theo Rossi, Huma Qureshi, Omari Hardwick, Tig Notaro, Hiroyuki Sanada, Garret Dillahunt, Matthias Schweighöfer, Raúl Castillo, Nora Arnezeder, and Samantha Win.

“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,” Snyder said. “It’s been a great collaboration and we are thrilled that Netflix sees this as big of an IP as we do.”

The prequel will be directed by Schweighöfer, who will also follow his Army of the Dead  character “Ludwig Dieter”. The film will be produced by Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder and Wesley Coller of The Stone Quarry and Matthias Schweighöfer and Dan Maag of Pantaleon Films.

“It has already been a great pleasure to be part of this wonderful ensemble around Zack Synder - a fascinating project. I am happy that it is now being developed on so many different levels," Schweighöfer said.

Meanwhile, the anime series titled Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas, will highlight the origin story of Scott, played by Dave Bautista, and his rescue crew during the initial fall of Vegas as they confront the mysterious source of the zombie outbreak. 

Snyder is set to direct two episodes of the anime series while Jay Oliva (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and upcoming Netflix original anime series Trese) will be showrunning as well as directing two episodes of the series. 

Army of the Dead will be released on Netflix in 2021.

(Image courtesy of IMDB)