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Thing Director Reviving Army Of Dead?
Zack Snyder's zombies resurface

06 October 2011  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: The Playlist

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Thing Director Reviving Army Of Dead?

Way back when he was still working on Watchmen, director Zack Snyder was talking about a not-quite-sequel to his Dawn of the Dead. The project had seemed to quietly slip away recently, but new The Thing director Matthijs Van Heijningen has revealed that there may be life in Army of the Dead yet.

Snyder wrote the film with his frequent cohort Joby Jarrold in 2007, and was producing it with his wife Deborah Snyder for their Cruel & Unusual Films banner. Set in a quarantined, walled-off Las Vegas (The Playlist note some similarities with Escape From New York), it involves a father teaming up with a group of mercenaries to break his daughter out of the zombie-ravaged city.

Van Heijningen was attached to direct Army before The Thing came along, and says that, "it was at a very far stage, like three months from shooting, but then the financial crisis hit in 2008 and everyone's projects got shrunk, so it was basically put on hold. But I really hope we can revive it; it's a great project. It would be nice to do it."

"Nice" is perhaps not a word we'd use for a film that's reputed to feature zombie/human miscegenation and hybrid babies (Braindead, anyone?), but fascinatingly horrible as it sounds, Van Heijningen says much will depend on the performance of his feature debut: "It's all new to me. I have no idea how The Thing will be received or how much traction I'll get from it. I haven't experienced anything like this before..." 

His experience begins in the UK on December 2.

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Hack To The Future
I'd like to see a sequel to Dawn Of The Dead. Could be good. Matthijs Van Heijningen won't make a name for himself as a director if he keeps doing remakes and sequels. He'll just become the go-to hack for movies like that. More

Posted by BenTramer at 21:25 on 06 October 2011 | Report This Post

Snyder covered zombie babies in Dawn. As for zombies getting some action, that's been done and it's being unpleasant for the sake of being unpleasant. Sounds a bit too Tom Six to me. Still, Dawn was good- if Snyder's involved it could be worth a watch. 28 Weeks Later was good without Boyle. This won't be on that level. The Thing hasn't been released yet, but it's not welcomed anywhere. That guy has a hard road ahead of him. Who knows? It might be great. It would have to be. At least this has not More

Posted by sweetladybrick at 15:57 on 06 October 2011 | Report This Post

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Posted by darko18 at 13:53 on 06 October 2011 | Report This Post

Phil Dunphy from Modern Family?
looks like him. oh, the film? might not happen. could be good. could be utter bumhole. probably won't happen so not worth losing sleep over. More

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