Zack Snyder‘s Army of the Dead Netflix Universe is already expanding with a prequel film and anime series, the streaming service announced today.
Shay Hatten, one of the writers of the screenplay for Snyder’s upcoming Army of the Dead movie, will write the prequel as well as the anime series.
“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,” said Snyder (upcoming Zack Snyder’s Justice League).
The filmmaker added: “It’s been a great collaboration and we are thrilled that Netflix sees this as big of an IP as we do.”
The Army of the Dead Netflix prequel will be directed by and star Grimme Award winner Matthias Schweighöfer and will follow his character Ludwig Dieter. The movie will be produced out of Germany.
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,” said Matthias Schweighöfer.
The anime series, Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas, chronicles the origin story of Scott (Dave Bautista) and his rescue crew during the initial fall of Vegas as they confront the mysterious source of the zombie outbreak. Zack Snyder will direct two episodes of the anime series.
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. The series will be executive produced by Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder, Wesley Coller from The Stone Quarry alongside Jay Olivia and Shay Hatten.
Bautista, Ana de la Reguera, Tig Notaro, Omari Hardwick and Ella Purnell will reprise their roles in the anime series.
Snyder’s Army of the Dead features an all-star international cast, including 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, Samantha Win.
The movie is produced by The Stone Quarry’s Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder and Wesley Coller. It will be released on Netflix in 2021 and follows a group of mercenaries into a zombie infested Las Vegas, Nevada who try to pull off the greatest heist ever attempted.
Army of the Dead is directed by Zack Snyder (Watchmen, Man of Steel, 300) from a story by Snyder and screenplay by Joby Harold and Zack Snyder & Shay Hatten.
Army of the Dead marks Snyder’s return to the zombie genre, previously making his directorial debut with Dawn of the Dead for Universal Pictures.