As Snyder prepares to release his potential megahit “Rebel Moon”, we may be getting closer to his hotly anticipated “Army of the Dead” sequel.
Zack Snyder’s 2021 Action/Adventure film Army of the Dead gained much attention upon its release due to its high-octane action sequences and gripping storyline. We’ve already seen a successful prequel to the film Army of Thieves. And an animated series based on the property, Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas, is in the works. Snyder is currently set to expand the film’s universe in an upcoming Netflix Sequel titled Planet of the Dead.
Confirmation of the greenlit sequel came from Netflix way back in July 2021. Given the cliffhanger ending of the first film and a horde of unanswered questions, many fans are chomping at the bit for more Dead details.
It’s been a long wait for fans hungry for Snyder’s sequel, and that wait doesn’t appear to be coming to an end anytime soon. As of today, there is still no confirmed Army of the Dead 2 release date.
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Army of the Dead is set during a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas and follows a group of mercenaries tasked with recovering $200 million from an underground vault beneath the city before it becomes overrun by zombies.
The appeal of the film is multifaceted.
It is an action-packed zombie thriller with intense combat sequences, clever heist strategies, and plenty of suspenseful moments that keep viewers on their toes. On top of all that, it’s also got some truly hilarious moments that make it a great watch.
The film stars Dave Bautista (who recently dazzled in Netflix’s Glass Onion) as Scott Ward, an experienced mercenary who leads a group into Las Vegas to retrieve a mysterious package from within an area overrun with zombies. It is a wild ride from start to finish and leaves moviegoers wanting more by the time its credits roll.
Army of the Dead was released in select theaters in the United States for a week on May 14, 2021, and was digitally released on Netflix on May 21. While the film wasn’t a tremendous box office success, performing below industry projections, it wasn’t a bomb. Still, the film’s real success came when it landed on Netflix, where it was watched by 75 million households.
At the time of its release, it tied with Project Power as the eighth most-watched original film on the streamer. In the following week, it reached a viewership of 784 million minutes, making it the most streamed film on Netflix, though it fell off considerably in its third week.
As for its critical reception, it holds a solid 67% on Rotten Tomatoes, with a critical consensus that reads, “An ambitious, over-the-top zombie heist mashup” that “brings Zack Snyder back to his genre roots with a suitably gory splash.”
Audiences were even more enthusiastic than critics. (Read our review here.)
Thus, it’s not surprising that fans are eager to see Snyder return to the Army-verse and flesh out more of this exciting story.
So, why the long wait for the sequel?
The Hollywood Reporter revealed in 2021 that work on the film would not begin until Synder finished his other upcoming Netflix science fiction movie, Rebel Moon. Filming on that project, an epic space opera, began in April 2022 and wrapped in early December. It’s expected to debut at the end of 2023, likely with a limited theatrical release.
Given the buzz surrounding Rebel Moon, and Snyder’s hopes that it can launch a new franchise (a sequel is already in the works), it’s likely fans will have to wait until 2024 for Army of the Dead 2.
Will it be worth the wait? We’re extremely optimistic. And given the sad end to the DC Synderverse, it’s exciting to see such huge potential for not one but two potentially juggernaut franchises from Synder.
Long live the Dead!