300 and Dawn of the Dead director Zack Snyder and Warner Bros. are reteaming on zombie action-thriller Army of the Dead, based on an original story by Snyder. Snyder is producing with wife Deborah through their recently launched company, Cruel & Unusual Films, based at Warners.
Variety says it is too early to say whether Zack Snyder is considering "Army" as a directing vehicle for himself. He will next direct Watchmen for Warner, based on the Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons graphic novel. He's set to begin filming at the end of the summer, with the studio eyeing a 2008 release.
Snyder and Warner have set Joby Harold, who wrote the upcoming Awake for The Weinstein Company, to pen the script for "Army." Cruel's Wesley Coller is executive producing.
Set in a quarantined Las Vegas in the not-too-distant future, "Army" revolves around a father who tries to save his daughter from imminent death in a zombie-infested world.
Snyder wants "Army" to have a sweeping, epic quality, along the lines of the highly stylized 300. "I feel like there hasn't been a zombie movie on the scale that we want to do it," Snyder said.