|Speaking of interesting cinematic possibilities not coming to pass (I'm looking at you, BLADE RUNNER), turns out that the sequel to Zack Snyder's DAWN OF THE DEAD is, well, dead.|
I actually had no idea this was even happening in the first place, but now the word from would-be-director Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. (THE THING remake/prequel/thing) is that the project is officially no longer in the works. Arrow In the Head shared a small update late last year from van Heijningen about what ARMY OF THE DEAD would involve including, I shit you not, rapist zombies. "There's an extra dimension to this zombie film," van Heijningen said, "because they…. they…. I'm still wondering if I should tell this…. the male zombies rape human females. Yes. And they have human hybrid zombie offsprings. It's a new take on the zombie genre, which is crazy."
Definitely a new take indeed, and a part of what Snyder had called his "dream zombie project." And possibly material for an extreme new condom ad? But either way, it seems that costs for the potential movie have rocketed too high. The story, an original by Snyder, would have involved a father who travels into a zombie-infested Las Vegas to rescue his daugher. But whether that sounds interesting or not to you, van Heijningen believes it to be shelved permanently. “They didn’t really want us to shoot in Las Vegas – because of the expense of shooting in Las Vegas. I really don’t think it’s going to happen. ”
While there might be a somewhat biologically sound argument behind it, the idea of rapist zombies is just wrong no matter what way you look at it. This is one, and the first, of Zack Snyder's projects I'm glad
didn't come to fruition. The zombie genre has been polluted enough with zombies that run, are smart, use guns, and crap like that, the last thing we need are zombie/human hybrid babies running around.