Despite going through reshoots last year, no part of Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead has changed due to coronavirus disease.
Confirmed by Zack Snyder Army of the Dead unchanged due to coronavirus disease. After spending years around superheroes, Snyder is back to his roots with a zombie flick. Army of the Dead. The film is not a sequel to his directory debut Dawn of the Dead, but instead introduce a new world and new characters. Set to premiere later this week on Netflix, Army of the Dead focuses on a crew of mercenaries led by Scott Ward (Dave Bautista) ventured into the quarantine zone of Las Vegas with a view to the many cash prizes tucked under a casino. The only issue? Hundreds of zombies are on their way.
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Army of the Dead filmed in 2019, before the advent of the worldwide coronavirus disease. However, it will have to undergo some reshoots last year when Chris D’Elia was replaced by Tig Notaro. Even if it doesn’t start that way, there’s no question about that Army of the Dead holds some connections to world events of the past year. The word “quarantine” has only taken on new connotations, questioning whether Snyder adapted any part of the film because of the pandemic.
The answer to that front is no. Screen Rant participated in a press event for Army of the Dead, where Snyder commented on whether he and his team considered changing certain elements of the plot – such as temperature control and government abuse of authority – to avoid potential backlash stemming from the pandemic. Snyder puts it this way:
Zack Snyder: No, we never talked about it, other than that we took the time to do the reshoots and stuff. As well as the tone of the film and its point is the social commentary, it just happens to be a little confusing now.
Many of these projects debuted last year that were hit harder than normal due to the pandemic, from Oscar won Nomadland in the hopeful tapping of the superhero Wonder Woman 1984. With a scheme that specifically relies on the effects of a virus, Army of the Dead always bound to compare to real life events. However, Snyder was wise to avoid changing the project to fit (or sidestep) the pandemic. Viewers can now draw their own conclusions from what is happening onscreen, and Army of the Dead done before it happens. It’s better to release it as always planned.
Army of the Dead will be the first of what could be a proper franchise for Netflix, with an animated prequel and live-action feature prequel coming soon. If the stories of the future are set within it Army of the Dead universe may later show the pandemic to remain visible, but there are likely to be unintended connections. After all, from this point it may be difficult to avoid coronavirus comparisons. Same thing, if Army of the Dead felt more relevant than expected, it wasn’t planned that way.
Source: Army of the Dead press junket
- Army of the Dead (2021)Release date: May 21, 2021
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