Dave Bautista has spoken about his experience working with Zack Snyder on Army of the dead. Netflix’s blockbuster puts a unique twist on the zombie genre with a group of mercenaries who carry out a heist set in Las Vegas destroyed by an outbreak. Bautista leads a cast that includes Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick, Ana de la Reguera, Theo Rossi, Tig Notaro, Matthias Schweighöfer, and Nora Arnezeder.
Snyder has maintained Army of the dead in his back pocket for most of the last decade, first announcing it in 2007 with Dawn of the Dead Universal Pictures studio and future home of Snyder, Warner Bros. co-produce and Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. is set to direct. After languishing in development hell for years, Netflix acquired the rights to the project and Snyder went on to co-write, produce and direct the film. Shortly after the conclusion of filming, Netflix showed its confidence in the project by ordering a prequel anime series and a live-action prequel film centered on Schweighöfer’s character and directed by the star.
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While chatting with Screen rant For the zombie heist thriller, Bautista described his experience working with Snyder on the film as “different from anything else“He or the director has ever done it. Noting that he wanted to work with Snyder since the filmmaker’s first stab at the zombie genre with James Gunn. Dawn of the Dead remake, Bautista expresses that Snyder has “a special way of visually capturing things in all your movies. The 52-year-old actor also expressed how much he enjoyed working with a director who was also acting as cinematographer, believing it to be a more collaborative effort. Read the rest of what Bautista had to say below:
“That’s something different, because I’ve never had that in the past. And the really cool thing about that is that I’m not communicating with a guy who’s sitting in a tent behind a monitor somewhere, I’m actually talking with the guy who’s right here holding the camera. He directs me while he’s here, but I can also see his process and see how it works; see what he’s looking at visually or see the moments he’s capturing. It feels like he needs to capture those moments. on a film to enhance your film. So it’s a really interesting process to watch a painter paint your picture. It’s different from looking at the finished product and seeing what it is, seeing it on a big screen or seeing it hanging on the wall. It’s different when you’re watching them actually do it, watch it, process it, and watch their process. So, it was very educational, and that was the experience I was hoping for. And I actually got more than I bargained for, because when I signed up, I really didn’t. I realized that he would be so involved with us. Because he was always there. It was always like he was one of the cast members, always in the mix with us. He was always dirty and sweaty and baking in the sun, dirty and dirty. We all had guns and he had his, he had his camera. The camaraderie was special. “
Although critical reception for Snyder’s works has been decidedly mixed, to say the least, one of the most consistent areas of praise for his films is his visual style. That said, the positivity coming from Bautista is comforting to both longtime fans and those curious about Snyder. In particular, given that the film marks his first outing as an official cinematographer on a project he’s directing, not hearing stories of a stressed-out Snyder or a tense filming atmosphere is certainly a good sign.
The first revisions have started to roll out for Snyder’s Army of the dead And while it’s still not a critical favorite, it seems like it’s starting to get into a rhythm of better-reviewed outings. Bautista has worked with a number of celebrated filmmakers throughout his career, including Guardians of the GalaxyJames Gunn, but hearing his continued praise for Snyder certainly points to a rich future for the duo. Perhaps they could even band together to explore a new superhero when Bautista’s time as Drax of the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes to an end.
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