The brand new crime film Military of Thieves (out on Netflix Oct. 29) is a prequel to the current zombie movie Military of the Lifeless by which Matthias Schweighöfer stars as a safecracker making an attempt to drag off a collection of heists in Europe as stories element the beginning of an undead apocalypse in America.

“It is a heist film with romantic, comedic, and motion parts in it,” says Schweighöfer, who additionally directed Military of Thieves. “It is a movie a couple of character named Ludwig Dieter, a man from Germany recruited by a mysterious lady who presents him the possibility of his life to crack the most important safes ever constructed.”

So is it necessary to observe Military of the Lifeless earlier than testing Military of Thieves? Zack Snyder, who directed the zombie movie and produced the prequel, says no.

“I do not assume you should have seen [Army of the Dead],” says the 300 and Zack Snyder’s Justice League filmmaker. “It’ll be superb, and enjoyable for lots of people who’re going to see Military of Thieves earlier than Military of the Lifeless. That, chronologically, could be the proper strategy to watch the film, as a result of it leads you to the subsequent one. So it is an fascinating path to go that method. However, after all, in the event you’ve seen Military of the Lifeless, Military of Thieves is a good companion [for you] to return and fill in among the particulars.”

Beneath, Snyder and Schweighöfer speak extra about Military of Thieves, their favourite heist films, and the way forward for the Military of the Lifeless universe.

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Stanislav Honzik/ Netflix Matthias Schweighöfer as Dieter in ‘Military of Thieves’

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Zack, it is an previous Hollywood story: Someone directs a big-budget zombie film after which decides to make a heist movie prequel to it. However may you speak about how this particular thought happened?

ZACK SNYDER: Yeah, that previous, well-trodden idea: You make an enormous zombie film and you then spin it off to a romantic-comedy heist film in Germany. It is simply apparent! [Laughs] It actually got here from Dieter in [Army of the Dead] telling us the story of the safes. Dieter was the mythological gatekeeper of the film and it appeared apparent to me that, with a purpose to discover out what he was all about, we might should go on a journey with him again to his origins and discover out what received him hooked on [safecracking]. As a result of after we discover him, he isn’t a typical safecracker, he isn’t some character dwelling in the dead of night shadows and cracking safes. He is only a man who occurs to be a genius at safecracking but additionally desires to crack the very particular safes that they’re going to crack.

Matthias, how did you wind up being the director on this?

MATTHIAS SCHWEIGHÖFER: It is easy. Zack and I had a espresso collectively, and he simply provided me to be the director of the movie. I had a espresso and I spit all of my espresso out, and I stated, “Sure, after all.” In order that’s that!

SNYDER: I knew he had directed movies in Germany and knew he knew this character higher than anybody. It simply appeared like an ideal match.

So movie colleges ought to be operating programs on how one can get a espresso with Zack Snyder. Is what we’re studying?

SNYDER: That is one of many methods into Hollywood. There’s totally different paths. Having a espresso with me is one in all them.

Matthias, what was the shoot like?

SCHWEIGHÖFER: It was fairly difficult to shoot a movie in the course of the pandemic. Prague was at the moment the number-one hotspot of COVID. However [we] acknowledged, daily, “Hey, we now have this tiny bubble and we’re allowed to work. We’ve got this implausible script, and we’re allowed to shoot this movie, so let’s make the perfect of it and create one thing actually entertaining and humorous and heartbreaking.” To be sincere, it was a implausible time as a result of we have been allowed to do that whereas all the pieces stopped.

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Stanislav Honzik/ Netflix Matthias Schweighöfer as Dieter in ‘Military of Thieves’

Nathalie Emmanuel is on the heart of a few motion sequences. What have been they prefer to direct?

SCHWEIGHÖFER: Within the script we had these implausible scenes, and Nathalie was so quick and so good, and we wished her to look superior. It was cool, as a result of Nathalie was the primary one [who was] like, “Oh yeah, I can kick and field and this and that.” She was so into that, and she or he was so energized and enthusiastic, that it was simply implausible to observe her daily whereas prepping these scenes. On the day of taking pictures, she nailed it. It was superb.

That is very a lot a heist film. I assume you are followers of the style. May you speak about a few your favorites?

SNYDER: Yeah. I like Warmth, after all, and Thunderbolt and Lightfoot. The unique Italian Job.

SCHWEIGHÖFER: The unique Italian Job and the brand new one. And I watched plenty of the Steven Soderbergh and Ocean’s Eleven stuff due to the actors, the group, how all of the totally different characters labored collectively. However normally I strive to have a look at one thing completely totally different. I targeted on South Korean stuff, by the best way — a movie known as I Am a Hero.

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Amy Sussman/Getty Photos Zack Snyder

Zack, you’ve got performed a zombie film on this universe and you’ve got performed a heist film. Are there every other genres you’d prefer to sort out? A comedy? A musical?

SNYDER: There are. A musical? That is fascinating. However I believe you will see within the subsequent film, if we get to make the sequel to Military of the Lifeless, what genres we go after in that one.

Are you able to tease that any extra?

SNYDER: Properly, I believe the title of the film could be Planet of the Lifeless, so you’ll be able to form of get a way of the place we might go.

Matthias, have we seen the top of Dieter?

SCHWEIGHÖFER: You already know, that is a query my producer can reply to completely!

SNYDER: Properly, we by no means see him die on digicam [in Army of the Dead]! In a style movie, except you see an individual die on digicam, properly, you realize what I imply.

Matthias, what do you have got arising subsequent?

SCHWEIGHÖFER: I simply did a movie in London for Netflix known as The Swimmers, and I play a coach. After that, I am excited to see what can be. The longer term is open.

What about you, Zack? It is Insurgent Moon subsequent for you, appropriate?

SNYDER: Insurgent Moon, yeah. We hope to start out taking pictures in Might. We’re simply prepping, and it is a gigantic, insane sci-fi film we’re placing collectively.

Military of Thieves invades Netflix on Oct. 29. Watch the trailer for it above.

This interview has been edited and condensed for size and readability.

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