Army of the Dead, previews from the roundtable of Snyder's latest film

Army of the Dead, previews from the roundtable of Snyder's latest film

Army of the Dead

The world premiere for the trailer of the new film by Zack Snyder took place on Tuesday April 13th, which we attended. After the presentation of the trailer, the director of Army of the Dead gave the press from around the world the opportunity to ask some questions, thanks to the collaboration of the event moderator Gray Drake. Let's find out what they told us about the new title coming out.

Army of the Dead, the new franchise kicks off

Director Zack Snyder has revealed some anecdotes related to the new film that unites horror and action, in what appears to be an adrenaline-pumping, fun-filled film. In fact, one of the most used words during the Q&A event was “funny”, demonstrating the fact that the director, the cast and the technical crew had the opportunity to have a lot of fun during all phases of the film's making.

The trailer for Army of the Dead gives us some fairly substantial advances about the plot of the film: a group of mercenaries is hired to carry out one of the biggest robberies in the history of thefts, right in a vault under a casino in Las Vegas. Waiting for them, however, there will be not only the money, but also a real army of zombies, well organized and very intelligent, among which an unusual undead tiger stands out. Zack Snyder is no stranger to the world of zombies. In the past, he directed Dawn of the Living Dead (2004), a remake of George A. Romero's Zombies.

According to what Snyder revealed during the event, his new film should be the beginning of a larger zombie franchise, which will include, for now, an animated series, entitled Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas, which will serve as a prequel to Snyder's film and will focus on the character played by Dave Bautista and a live-action titled Army of Thieves. This will focus on the adventures of the Army of The Dead characters before their dangerous heist in the Nevada desert. From a temporal point of view, the prequel will be set during the first days of the outbreak of the virus that led to the zombie apocalypse. Regarding the possibility of a sequel, during the Q&A event, Snyder did not unbutton himself, declaring:

“I'm not allowed to say at the moment, but I would love to. If anyone were interested in continuing the adventures of this bizarre world it would be fantastic ”.

Zombies according to Zack Snyder

During the meeting with Snyder, however, the attention of the participants focused on some questions concerning the animal universe present in the film. Since an undead tiger appeared in the second trailer, it appears that animals in the Army of the Dead universe may be infected. Birds, Snyder explains, are the only creatures immune to the zombie virus. According to the director, it would be a big deal if they weren't. He also says that there will be many undead dogs in the animated prequel.

The event moderator, in addition to asking Snyder several questions from the worldwide press attending the event, asked some important questions to the director including one regarding the motivation for his passion for the zombie genre. Snyder replied that this type of film gives the screenplay writer the opportunity to range between different film genres. There are not only zombies in an undead movie, essentially, but there can be action, tension, drama and fun.

This is a bit like the concept expressed by another great zombie master's films , George Romero who in his films has dealt with various social issues through the tale of the undead. As Snyder also explained during the Q&A event, reiterating the importance of the Canadian director in his training and in the construction of his distinctly horror taste in the staging, as we also see in the first images of the film contained in the trailer.

Netflix Vs Warner Bros.

Snyder, then, took the opportunity to send some well-aimed blows to Warner Bros. on the Snyder's Cut issue (you can buy the film at this link), saying that Army of the Dead is already edited by the director, only this time we will be able to see it immediately and not wait a second moment to see a new version of a title already released previously, just like it happened with Justice League:

“This is the movie. There are no other cuts in the film. This is the director's cut and you will see it first. You won't have to see the mongrel version first, there will only be the fantastic version ”.

He also talked about his relationship with Netflix and how it was interesting to be able to work with the online streaming giant, praising the artistic freedom granted to him during the making of the film. Snyder also praised the cast and how well he got on with all the members filming between Las Vegas and Mexico. He also described with great suggestion the choice of some locations for the film such as the abandoned casino which is the main stage of the story, in which zombies and mercenaries will clash in an epic battle, in which not only the non-people will burn. dead but money too:

“We literally burned a lot of money to make the film. That's Vegas, baby! “.

We remind you that in the cast of Army of the Dead we find Dave Bautista, Garret Dillahunt, Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick, Raul Castillo, Tig Notaro, Theo Rossi and Ana de la Reguera. The film will arrive exclusively on Netflix, and in America in selected cinemas, on May 21st.

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