“Army of Thieves”, the prequel to “Army of the Dead”, has just been released on Netflix. However, while Zack Snyder had directed the film of zombies, he does not return behind the camera and leaves the direction of this prequel to Matthias Schweighöfer.
What’s this Army of Thieves ?
On May 22, Zack Snyder decided to return to his first love. Almost two decades later Army of the dead, the flagship director of the DC Extended Universe has finally returned to a zombie movie for Netflix. Entitled Army of the Dead, the feature film staged a heterogeneous cast including Dave Bautista, Theo Rossi, Hiroyuki Sanada, Nora Arnezeder and Matthias Schweighöfer. The story tells how a group decides to infiltrate Las Vegas to recover a huge sum of money. The problem is, the city is doomed and totally infested with zombies. Around this film, Zack Snyder has decided to produce other projects, including a sequel, a series and a prequel: Army of Thieves.
For the occasion, it is Matthias Schweighöfer who is in charge of the production of Army of Thieves. Prequel to Army of the Dead, the film tells how Dieter, played by Matthias Schweighöfer, joins a team like no other to rob legendary safes across Europe.
Where’s Zack Snyder?
Originally, Army of the Dead was not to be directed by Zack Snyder. Originally developed by Warner Bros, the film written by Joby Harold was to be directed by Matthijs van Heijningen Jr .. But the project never came to fruition and it was Netflix that recovered the exploitation rights. It was Zack Snyder himself who relaunched the project and went to see Netflix to produce the film.
As it concerns Army of Thieves, the feature film was to be a much more localized and intimate German language film. But the fallout from Army of the Dead were so positive, that the prequel turned into a blockbuster, like its predecessor. What does not change, is that the work focuses on the character of Matthias Schweighöfer. And since the latter is an accomplished German director, Zack Snyder has decided to let him direct. Indeed, Matthias Schweighöfer notably directed What a man, Schlussmacher or Mr. Nanny.
Either way, Zack Snyder has his work cut out for him, especially at Netflix. The filmmaker is working on the sequel to Army of the Dead, titled Planet of the Dead. He’s also set to start production on a sci-fi film and another low-budget feature film titled Horse Latitudes. For Army of Thieves, he kept his producer cap. The film is available on Netflix from this Friday, October 29, 2021.