Army of the Dead is a 2021 American zombie heist film directed by Zack Snyder from a script he co-wrote with Shay Hatten and Joby Harold, based on a story he also created. The film has a cast made up of Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick, Ana de la Reguera, Theo Rossi, Matthias Schweighöfer, Nora Arnezeder, Hiroyuki Sanada, Tig Notaro, Raúl Castillo, Huma Qureshi and Garret Dillahunt. Follow a group of mercenaries who plan a heist at a Las Vegas casino in the middle of a zombie apocalypse.
Pictures, the project was announced in 2007 with Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. as director. However, the film spent several years in development hell before Netflix acquired the distribution rights in 2019.
With a production budget of between $ 70 million and $ 90 million and Snyder also as cinematographer, principal photography was directed. held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Atlantic City, New Jersey. , in mid-2019.
The film was re-filmed in September 2020 after several allegations of sexual misconduct against cast member Chris D’Elia; Notaro replaced it using green screens and CGI.
Army of the Dead opened in select theaters in the United States on May 14, 2021 and was released digitally on Netflix on May 21. Collider reported that critics praised the film for its humor, but criticized its running time and found that it would appeal to fans. of “Snyder and Ensemble Action Films.
It became one of Netflix’s most-watched original movies with an estimated 72 million viewers during its first four weeks, while it earned $ 1 million at the box office for a limited theatrical production.
Two prequels, a movie titled Army of Thieves and an anime series titled Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas are scheduled to be released on Netflix.