Why Zack Snyder made 'Army Of The Dead' at Netflix instead of Warner Bros

Gregory Wakeman
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Zack Snyder's Army Of The Dead cast (Credit: Netflix)
The cast of Zack Snyder's 'Army Of The Dead'. (Netflix)

Over the last few years, Zack Snyder has worked with Warner Bros repeatedly on his big and ambitious cinematic projects.

Not only did this include his contributions to the DC Extended Universe, such as Man Of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice and Justice League, but Warner was also the studio that released his films 300, Watchmen, Legends Of The Guardians: The Owls Of Ga’Hoole and Sucker Punch.

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So it was somewhat a surprise when it was revealed that Snyder’s upcoming zombie action film Army Of The Dead was being made by Netflix.

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Snyder has revealed why Warner Bros didn’t oversee and release Army Of The Dead, telling Entertainment Weekly: “They didn’t want to spend that kind of money on a zombie movie, or just didn’t take it that seriously. I was always like, ‘Look guys, this is more than [just a zombie movie],’ but it fizzled out.”

Army Of The Dead, which revolves around a group of criminals breaking into a zombie-infested Las Vegas to rob its casinos, spent years in development hell over at Warner.

Director Zack Snyder poses for pictures after his arrival to the Australian premiere of "Man of Steel" in central Sydney June 24, 2013. REUTERS/Daniel Munoz (AUSTRALIA - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Snyder attends the Australian premiere of 'Man of Steel' in Sydney, 24 June, 2013. (Reuters/Daniel Munoz)

But, during a seemingly random meeting with Netflix, it didn’t take long for the streaming service to green-light the hugely ambitious sci-fi blockbuster.

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“I was talking about some of these scripts I was working on. And I mentioned the idea to [Netflix head of original films Scott Stuber] and he was like, ‘That is the movie! Go write that movie and let’s make it.’ I was like, ‘What, do you mean now?’ And he’s like, ‘Go write it tomorrow and we’ll go shoot it in a week.’”

Netflix has thrown its full weight and support behind Army Of The Dead – so much so that a four-hour animated prequel series, Army Of The Dead: Lost Vegas, has been confirmed.