Zack Snyder’s Army Of The Dead Will Reinvent Movie Zombies


Garret Dillahunt reveals Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead features a whole new take on movie zombies that strays from what he calls zombie canon.

Garret Dillahunt reveals Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead features a whole new take on movie zombies that strays from what he calls zombie canon. The upcoming Netflix movie, which is expected to release sometime in 2021, is a tale of a group of mercenaries who head into zombie-infested Las Vegas post-apocalypse, to pull off a heist. Snyder co-wrote the screenplay from his own story and is taking on directing duties, reportedly with full creative freedom. That means this movie will avoid a Snyder Cut of Justice League situation, which has seen the director re-editing and re-shooting portions of the movie for release on HBO Max.

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Army of the Dead, meanwhile, features a huge ensemble cast, including Dave Bautista, Tig Notaro (who replaced disgraced comedian Chris D’Elia), Ella Purnell, Theo Rossi, Hiroyuki Sanada, and Omari Hardwick. Dillahunt, who is used to dealing with on-screen zombies thanks to his role as John Dorie in Fear The Walking Dead is also in the cast. Netflix clearly likes what they see so far, having greenlit a prequel and an anime series called Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas starring the voice talents of Bautista and Joe Manganiello.

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Speaking to, Dillahunt has dropped some hints that Army of the Dead will feature zombies as we’ve never seen before. The actor doesn’t reveal much, but says the approach to the movie is different, particularly when it comes to “zombie canon,” which he says Snyder and the creative team “strayed from.” He adds that the zombies will be fast and scary, adding a nice “wrinkle” to the action in the movie. You can read his full comments below:

It’s real different. I’m excited to see it too. To have different ideas about zombies, which is refreshing, I think, in a lot of ways. And I know I have to keep this so vague. I’m sorry. I didn’t know one of the things coming out now. Sometime next year. But they strayed away from a lot of normal zombie canon, that for some reason, everyone adheres to. And you’re like, “Maybe they don’t have to be that way. What if they were this way? Oh, that’s a nice wrinkle.” Zombies are scary. I’ll tell you that. Zombies are really fast and scary.

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Given his long association with zombies, after three seasons on Fear The Walking Dead, you’d think Dillahunt would be used to them by now, so the fact he thinks the Army of the Dead zombies will be terrifying is a good sign. Snyder’s movies are often hit or miss, and he especially struggles when he’s tasked with writing them as well as directing. Sucker Punch is a prime example of a promising premise with bad execution. So, Dillahunt’s words are encouraging that perhaps Snyder has fared better this time around.

Add to that the news about the prequel, which already has a cast led by Matthias Schweighöfer, and the anime series, and the signs are good for Snyder’s burgeoning Army of The Dead universe. If he succeeds, it won’t be the first time he’s reinvented the zombie genre, having announced himself on the global stage with 2004’s Dawn of the Dead remake that updated the tired genre for the 21st century and arguably kicked off a new obsession with zombies.

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