Zombie Movies Are Making a Comeback, Baby! | – Post Apocalyptic Media

Zack Snyder may be best known for his mega blockbuster CGI-heavy superhero movies, but the successful directors latest upcoming movie, Army of the Dead, is returning him to his rotting roots.

You may remember Snyders 2004 film Dawn of the Dead where he worked with zombie godfather George A. Romero to create what has been said is a spiritual remake of the original from 1978. The movie was generally well-received by zombie fans, but didnt make much of an impact beyond that. Snyder didnt really get his director wings until two years later with 300, and three more years after that with Watchmen.

But Snyders return to the zombie genre could mean really great things for all of us zombie fans. Army of the Deads premise revolves around a group of mercenaries planning a risky heist in a quarantined Las Vegas casino during a zombie outbreak. It will star Guardians of the Galaxys Dave Bautista, Churchills Ella Purnell, Sons of Anarchys Theo Rossi, and Fear the Walking Deads Garret Dillahunt.

While the upcoming Netflix movie was originally announced way back in 2008, the franchise has recently been updated to expand to an additional prequel film and an anime TV series entitled Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas that serves as an origin story for Bautistas character.

Since Garret Dillahunt is also a big part of The Walking Dead spinoff Fear the Walking Dead, a recent interview revealed a comparison between the two. Yeah. Its real different, Dillahunt told Joblo.com. Im excited to see it too. To have different ideas about zombies, which is refreshing, I think, in a lot of ways. And I know I have to keep this so vague. Im sorry. I didnt know one of the things coming out now. Sometime next year. But they strayed away from a lot of normal zombie canon, that for some reason, everyone adheres to. And youre like, Maybe they dont have to be that way. What if they were this way? Oh, thats a nice wrinkle. Zombies are scary. Ill tell you that. Zombies are really fast and scary.

Well, yes, unless theyre not. The original George Romero version of the undead included lumbering and shambling zombies, which didnt make them quite as scary as the 28-Days-Later variety that scared the bejesus out of us in 2002. But the issue of preferred zombie speed can fracture communities and dismantle friendships faster than a 2020 political debate.

Enter the Syfy channels Day of the Dead. This upcoming 10-episode series seems to be more of a young-adult drama set in a zombie universe that is (loosely?) based on George Romeros 1985 classic. It will star Keenan Tracey, Daniel Doheny, and Natalie Malaika, and will be directed by veteran horror filmmaker Steven Kostanski.

While there isnt a ton of info out on this project yet, we do know that it will involve the story of six strangers who try to survive the first 24 hours of a zombie outbreak. Day of the Dead started filming in Vancouver recently and has no projected release date yet.

Certainly two big projects dont equal a complete revival of the zombie genre, but 2019 and 2020 have already seen a great deal of undead attention with films like Train to Busan 2: Peninsula, Dead Earth, #Alive, Alone, Zombieland: Double Tap, and TV shows like The Walking Dead: World Beyond, Daybreak, and Black Summer.

Want to see whats coming in the zombie genre for 2021 and beyond? Check out our complete (and updated) list of upcoming zombie movies here.

Shawn has been infatuated with the post-apocalyptic genre since he wore out his horribly American-dubbed VHS of the original Mad Max as a child. Shawn is the former Editor-in-Chief at Joystiq's Massively.com, creator of the Aftermath post-apocalyptic immersion event, and host of the Through the Aftermath podcast for over 11 years. He currently resides on top of a mountain in the middle of nowhere with his wife and four children.

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