Army of the Dead 2 has been confirmed – but it doesn’t come for a while. Zack Snyder will return to direct and write the sequel to Army of the Dead with first chapter co-writer Shay Hatten, but only after completing his Star Wars sci-fi adventure film and Akira Kurosawa Rebel Moon, which enters production in early 2022. These two titles – Army of the Dead 2 and Rebel Moon – are part of a new first look deal set up by Snyder at Netflix, alongside his wife and production partner Deborah Snyder, and by executive Wesley Coller. Together, they run the production company The Stone Quarry Productions.
The Hollywood Reporter is sharing Snyder’s new expanded deal with Netflix, with confirmation straight from the horse’s mouth. Deborah said: “For us it was so important to find a partnership based on mutual respect. The creative process works best when everyone trusts each other and you can take risks and be creative. For us, we don’t usually play it safe. The content we create is a little more daring. And I think it’s important to have a good partnership and to get along. And Netflix has given us a lot of freedom. But they also embraced the idea of trying new things and not necessarily waiting for success before moving forward.
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Army of the Dead is already on its way to becoming a franchise. A prequel film, Army of Thieves (centered on Matthias Schweighöfer’s Army of the Dead character, Dieter) is due out on Netflix later in 2021. There’s also the spin-off animated series, Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas, which follows the Army of The main cast of Dead before the events of the film. Snyder will direct episodes of Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas, which premieres in early 2022 on Netflix. The streaming service will also take this approach for Rebel Moon, with sequels and series already planned.
It might sound premature, but Netflix’s trust in Snyder seems to be paying off. Netflix has revealed that Army of the Dead was watched by 75 million member households in the first 28 days after its release in May. This made Army of the Dead one of Netflix’s 10 best movies of all time, following Chris Hemsworth’s Rip (99 million), Bird Box directed by Sandra Bullock (89 million), Mark Wahlberg’s Spenser Confidential ( 85 million), Ryan Reynolds directed 6 Underground (83 million), Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston in Murder Mystery (83 million), The Old Guard by Charlize Theron (78 million), directed by Millie Bobby Brown Enola Holmes (76 million) and Jamie Foxx and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Project Power (75 million).
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“I’ve known Zack and Deb for years and was fortunate enough to be a part of Dawn of the Dead, his first movie,” Netflix film director Scott Stuber said in a statement. “Since then, I have had the privilege of seeing his career evolve and of seeing the impact of his work evolve. Seeing him go back to his roots with Army of the Dead, which is now one of our most popular films, and build a world out of those characters with the upcoming Army of Thieves and the animated series, is amazing to watch. We’ve only scratched the surface of what’s yet to come and create with Zack, Deb, Wes and everyone at Stone Quarry.
Prior to this deal with Netflix, The Stone Quarry was previously housed at Warner Bros., where Snyder delivered the 2007 action epic 300, the 2009 superhero film. Watchmen, the 2010 animated fantasy film Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, the 2011 fantasy action Sucker Punch, the 2013 Superman movie Man of Steel, the follow-up to 2016 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and the mash- up Justice League, which was made into the Justice League Snyder Cut earlier this year for HBO Max. As part of the deal, Snyder also produced 300: Rise of an Empire, Wonder woman, Aquaman, and Wonder Woman 1984.