Screen Rant’s Ryan George imagines how Zack Snyder’s first Netflix film, Army of the Dead, came to be in its initial studio pitch meeting.
Warning: This story contains spoilers for Army of the Dead.
The latest episode of Screen Rant’s Pitch Meeting series takes on Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead. Just two months after the Snyder Cut of Justice League took the world by storm, Snyder has returned with another buzz-worthy movie, albeit one that is drastically different from the previous. Army of the Dead debuted on Netflix on Friday and has ushered in a new type of zombie flick. This marks Snyder’s latest foray into the undead genre, having made his directorial debut with Dawn of the Dead back in 2004.
Army of the Dead follows a group of mercenaries who are sent on a mission into the zombie-filled quarantine zone of Las Vegas to retrieve $200 million lying underneath an abandoned casino. Dave Bautista’s Scott Ward leads the intrepid group, which is comprised of colorful characters like saw-wielding Vanderohe (Omari Hardwick), safecracker Dieter (Matthias Schweighöfer), and helicopter pilot Marianne Peters (Tig Notaro). Army of the Dead charts their journey into the hot zone as they encounter a slew of undead enemies, with the Alpha, Zeus (Richard Cetrone), standing as the most formidable.
With Army of the Dead now released out into the world, it’s time for a Pitch Meeting. Screen Rant’s own Ryan George imagines what must’ve happened in the Netflix offices when Army of the Dead was hatched, making for a funny conversation and more than a little bit of confusion on the executive’s part. Naturally, there are spoilers in the video. Check it out down below.
One of the appeals of Snyder’s approach to Army of the Dead is his new take on zombies. As noted in the Pitch Meeting, Army of the Dead‘s undead aren’t your typical mindless, brain-eating creatures (though there are still some of those). Snyder has created zombies that, apparently, dry out in the sun only to come back to life in the rain, a zombie hierarchy, and, much to the bafflement of the Pitch Meeting’s executive, robot zombies. It’s one of the things that sets Army of the Dead apart, though it also leaves some questions.
Additionally, the Pitch Meeting ends with the reminder that Army of the Dead is poised to set up a proper franchise for Netflix. There are two projects already in the works: The animated prequel series Lost Vegas and the Dieter-centric prequel Army of Thieves. Whether there could be any direct sequels to Army of the Dead remains to be seen, but Vanderohe’s final discovery certainly leaves the door open for future installments. As the Pitch Meeting highlights, executives love the idea of a franchise these days, so don’t be surprised if Army of the Dead becomes a mainstay for Netflix. Only time will tell what the future holds.
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