Zack Snyder (300) will reteam with Warner Brothers to produce the zombie action-thriller Army of the Dead, based on an original story by Snyder, according to Variety.
This won’t be Snyder’s first zombie venture. In 2004, the director helmed Universal Pictures’ Dawn of the Dead, the remake of George A. Romero‘s 1978 cult classic.
While Snyder will produce Army with his wife Deborah Snyder through their recently launched Warners-based Cruel & Unusual Films, it’s not known yet whether he will also direct the film.
Joby Harold is to pen the script, which is set in a quarantined Las Vegas in the not-too-distant future. It revolves around a father who tries to save his daughter from imminent death in a zombie-infested world.
While on a press tour to promote his recent blockbuster 300, Snyder told Daily Variety that he wants Army to have a sweeping, epic quality, along the lines of 300, but that it’s too soon to say whether it will be shot in the same fashion. (300, based on the graphic novel by Frank Miller, was filmed entirely with actors playing against a green screen.) He did say that Army is likely to borrow some of 300‘s filming techniques.
Snyder is schedule to begin shooting the highly anticipated Watchmen, based on the acclaimed graphic novel by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, for Warner Brothers at the end of the summer. The studio is planning a 2008 release.
Also, Cruel & Unusual is developing the action-fantasy film Sucker Punch, an original story by Snyder, who is co-writing the script with Steve Shibuya.