Rejoice: Zack Snyder has spoken about an Army of the Dead sequel. And that's only just the start. The director may have talked up Army of the Dead 2 in a recent interview (more on that below), but there's also plenty more to be excited about when it comes to the widening of the world that Snyder built.
Below, you'll find out the latest on an Army of the Dead sequel, plus the pair of prequels that are aiming to increase the scope of the universe.
Army of the Dead 2: here's what Zack Snyder has said about a sequel
First off, to temper expectations: there has been no official announcement from Netflix (or anyone else) about Army of the Dead 2 as of writing.
But Snyder sounds like he wants it, which is half the battle. Speaking to Polygon, he teased "insane" plans for a sequel - and they all revolve around Vanderohe's flight into Mexico after being bitten. The director was reluctant to reveal more, but we're already conjuring some Day of the Dead-style shenanigans in our hear.
Army of Thieves – an Army of the Dead prequel
Instead of Army of the Dead 2, we’re getting a fully-fledged prequel. Charting the early days of the zombie outbreak, Army of Thieves stars Matthias Schweighöfer reprising his role as Dieter from Army of the Dead. Joining him is Game of Thrones’ Nathalie Emmanuel as Gwendoline. Schweighöfer is also set to direct.
Netflix’s logline clues us in further on the story: "A mysterious woman recruits bank teller Dieter to assist in a heist of impossible-to-crack safes across Europe."
Speaking at a recent roundtable to GamesRadar+ and other journalists, Schweighöfer confirmed that editing is in its final stages – filming wrapped in December 2020 and that it’s going to be a "heist film and it will be a very, very big one with scenes you’ve never seen before."
Army of Thieves is set for release on Netflix in 2021.
Lost Vegas – Army of the Dead’s animated prequel series
In terms of the timeline, Army of the Dead arrives pretty late when it comes to the zombie outbreak. The remaining undead are all confined to Las Vegas – but what happened before then?
That’s where Lost Vegas comes in, an animated series that sees Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Ana de la Reguera, Tig Notaro, and Omari Hardwick all reprise their roles from the live-action Army of the Dead. It’s set to focus on Scott Ward’s origins as a soldier in the zombie wars, something that was only previously glimpsed in Army of the Dead’s opening credits.
There are new characters galore, too, including the lead Rose (Joe Manganiello), Torrance (Christian Slater), and Boorman (Harry Lennix).
That’s exciting, and two episodes are even going to be directed by Zack Snyder himself. Expect more info on those aliens too. Ana de la Reguera even teased to GamesRadar+ in a roundtable interview that watching Lost Vegas will only increase our appreciation of Army of the Dead.
"You'll see a lot of our backstory, how everything started, what was our relationship, what we used to do before. You’ll get more context of our characters," de la Reguera says. “And I'm excited about that. Because then you see the movie again, you'll understand a lot more – more of the story and more of the relationship between them.”
No word yet on a release date, but watch this space.
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