Although Zack Snyder’s Army Of The Dead will only be released next year, Netflix has already announced a prequel and spin-off anime series to accompany the film.
The streaming giant obviously has great confidence in the latest offering from Snyder as the move is rather unprecedented.
Army Of The Dead takes place during the aftermath of a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas, and follows a group of mercenaries who venture into the quarantine zone to pull off a big heist.
The all-star international cast includes 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.
Army of the Dead will be followed by a prequel directed by its star, Matthias Schweighöfer, who also appears in Snyder’s original movie. The story will centre on his character, Ludwig Deiter.
Shay Hatten, a writer on Army Of The Dead, has been tapped to pen the prequel as well as the anime series. The movie will be produced by Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder and Wesley Coller of The Stone Quarry and Schweighöfer and Dan Maag of Pantaleon Films.
Speaking to Deadline about the Netflix deal, Zack Snyder said…
“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. It’s been a great collaboration and we are thrilled that Netflix sees this as big of an IP as we do.”
Matthias Schweighöfer also shared his excitement about the new projects saying…
“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.”
The anime series, Army of the Dead: Los Vegas, will focus on the origin story of Scott (Dave Bautista) and his rescue crew during the initial fall of Las Vegas, as they confront the mysterious source of the zombie outbreak.
Jay Oliva will serve as showrunner and direct two episodes of the series, while Zack Snyder will lend his directing talents to an additional two episodes.
The series will be executive produced by Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder, Wesley Coller from The Stone Quarry alongside Jay Olivia and Shay Hatten. De la Reguera, Notaro, Hardwick and Purnell will reprise their feature roles for the anime series.