After a couple of utterly shitty years, 2021 is turning into the perfect year for Zack Snyder as it’s been revealed Zack and his wife Deborah’s The Stone Quarry Productions have signed a first-look deal with Netflix.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the story, as well as the Snyder’s; the deal includes exclusive and writer Wesley Coller, and it makes perfect sense as it was announced the filmmakers zombie-heist flick Army of the Dead is the most-watched film in the streamers history.
The two-year deal will see a sequel to Army and Zack’s next movie, the sci-fi adventure epic Rebel Moon.
“My goal and hope are to bring as much quality content as I can and do it on a giant scale,” Zack exclusively told THR and adding “Big Projects and big movies.”
This is a move that’s hardly surprising as the production company previously had a deal with Warner Bros, who helped them guide DC superhero films for modern cinema with Snyder as either director or producer, but that ended in 2019.
Understandably, the Snyder’s wouldn’t return to the studio that gave them so much grief from 2017 onwards with them butting in his production of Justice League, the hard work of getting the Snyder Cut release. To this day, we still don’t know what the viewing figures are.
These feelings are aired in Deborah’s comments, “For us, it was so important to find a partnership that was based on mutual respect. The creative process works best when everybody trusts each other and you can take chances and be creative.
“For us, we don’t usually play it safe. The content we make is a little edgier. And I think it’s important to have a good partnership and hear each other.”
Snyder goes on to explain why they went with the streamer, “And Netflix has given us a lot of freedom. But they’ve also embraced the idea of trying new things and not necessarily waiting for a success before moving ahead.”
The last quote has been proof of that as even before Army of the Dead was released in May, they were already working on a German-made prequel called Army of Thieves and an anime spinoff titled Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas.
Meanwhile, the hope is Moon starts production in early 2022, continue the Army-verse with a sequel and another project currently in development. It’s an action vehicle for their trusted second-unit director and stunt coordinator, Damon Caro marking his feature debut.
What this deal does do is close, for the time being, the chapter and discussion of a continued Snyderverse at DC. I think what will be interesting is what happens in 2023 at Warner Bros as it’ll mark a year under the merger with Discovery, and let’s see who’s under control then.
As stated above, this deal marks an incredible year as well as the success of Army. Snyder was finally able to release his version of Justice League and get out on DVD/Blu-ray.