NEWARK, N.J. – Atlantic City plays a starring role in Zack Snyder’s eagerly anticipated zombie thriller Army of the Dead. The movie follows a group of mercenaries who plan a heist at a Las Vegas casino during a zombie outbreak. Army of the Dead will open in select theaters nationwide on May 14th ahead of its May 21st release on Netflix.
Snyder made his feature film directorial debut in 2004 with a remake of the 1978 horror film Dawn of the Dead. He is perhaps best known for a number of comic book and superhero films he produced and directed for the DC Extended Universe. He wrote and directed Army of the Dead, featuring a cast that includes Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick, Ana de la Reguera, Theo Rossi, Matthias Schweighöfer, Nora Arnezeder, Hiroyuki Sanada, Tig Notaro, Raúl Castillo, Huma Qureshi and Garret Dillahunt. This is the first Netflix production to have a theatrical release.
“Our incentive program for filmmakers continues to attract a wide variety of projects to New Jersey, including blockbuster movies such as ‘Army of the Dead,’” said Governor Phil Murphy. “The state’s film and television industry has fully weathered the challenges of the pandemic and continues its remarkable growth.”
Most of the filming took place at the Showboat Hotel and the former Atlantic Club Casino Hotel in Atlantic City. The casinos, which shut down in 2014, were redesigned to double as Las Vegas gambling establishments.
“This is one of many major productions filmed in New Jersey since the Garden State Film and Digital Media Tax Credit Program took effect in 2018,” according to Secretary of State Tahesha Way. “In 2019 alone, film and media projects generated more than $420 million for the state’s economy and created thousands of jobs.” The Stone Quarry, producer of Army of the Dead, hired over 200 cast and crew members and spent over $25 million in the Atlantic City area for labor, goods and services.
The New Jersey Film and Digital Media Tax Credit Program currently offers eligible production companies a 30-35% transferable tax credit on qualified film production expenses, plus an additional 2% diversity bonus for qualified productions. The program has brought about a dramatic increase in motion picture and television activity in the state since its inception in 2018.
About the New Jersey Motion Picture & Television Commission
The NJMPTVC, which falls under the New Jersey Department of State’s Business Action Center, is staffed by industry professionals and serves as a resource for production companies. The Commission promotes film and television production in New Jersey.