Zack Snyder on why Army of the Dead is his "small movie"

Zack Snyder's Army of the Dead
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Zack Snyder's a busy man. Not only has the director caused a huge stir online by re-doing Justice League, but he also has a new Netflix movie on the horizon: Army of the Dead, about a group of mercenaries who try to rob a Las Vegas casino during a zombie outbreak.

Speaking to Total Film in the new issue of the magazine, Snyder describes his latest gargantuan action blockbuster – which you can see an exclusive image from above – "my small movie". The filmmaker does not mean in scale, though, but in sensibility. 

"I’ve tried to get at it in a super- intimate, personal way. It’s not made by committee," says Snyder, which should be welcome words following the Justice League farrago. For one, the film goes deep on the complicated relationship between Scott and his daughter Kate, played by Ella Purnell. "It’s definitely a movie that’s incredibly personal and singular."

Personal, singular... and an opportunity to get back to brain-bashing basics. Filmed on location in Atlantic City, Snyder has dialed down the stylized comic-book aesthetic he’s deployed to a lesser or greater extent on everything from 300, even filming with digital cameras for the first time. But the biggest way in which Snyder is well-explored zombie genre, is with the undead themselves, which come in various shapes, sizes, and degrees of intelligence. 

"From the first conceptualizing of the movie, they were going to be these evolved zombies," Snyder teases. Describing his zombies as "semi-conscious", the goal is to make us sympathize with the undead like never before. "We treat them kind of like wolves, sort of like a dog. They’re not necessarily fully realized and talk or anything. But they can organize."

Army of the Dead is scheduled to stream on Netflix from 21 May. For much more on the film – plus an exclusive report on Zack Snyder's Justice League, and a report from the set of Godzilla vs Kong – pick up a copy of the new issue of Total Film magazine when it hits shelves (real and digital) this Friday, March 5. Check out the new covers below:

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Jordan Farley

I'm the News Editor at Total Film magazine, running the opening pages of every issue where you can read exclusive interviews and see first-look images from the biggest films. I was previously the Community Editor at sci-fi, fantasy and horror movie bible SFX. You'll find my name on news, reviews, and interviews covering every type of movie, from the latest French arthouse release to the biggest Hollywood blockbuster. My work has also featured in Official PlayStation Magazine and Edge. Outside of my day job, I'm a FromSoft fanatic (proudest achievement: beating Malenia solo) and a TV connoisseur (translation: I'll watch anything).