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Zack Snyder is returning to the director's chair again.

Snyder stepped away from movies while in post-production on "Justice League" in 2017 due to a family tragedy. Joss Whedon stepped in to complete the superhero team-up.

Now, he's back, signing on to direct "Army of the Dead," a zombie film for Netflix. He'll also produce with wife Deborah Snyder through their newly rebranded production company, Stone Quarry.

Based on a story by Snyder, the movie is an adventure set amid a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas, during which a man assembles a group of mercenaries to take the ultimate gamble, venturing into the quarantined zone to pull off the greatest heist ever attempted.

Snyder directed or produced most of Warner Bros. DC Comics films, starting with "Man of Steel." Principal filming had ended on "Justice League" when his and Deborah's daughter committed suicide. Snyder stepped away to focus on his family, while Whedon stepped in to finish reshoots and other postproduction work.

"Army of the Dead" represents not just a return to filmmaking for Snyder, but a return to the genre he started out in. His feature debut was 2004's zombie flick "Dawn of the Dead."

"There are no handcuffs on me at all with this one,” Snyder told The Hollywood Reporter.

“I love to honor canon and the works of art, but this is the opportunity to find a purely joyful way to express myself though a genre. It will be the most kick-ass, self-aware — but not in a wink-to-the-camera way — balls-to-the-wall zombie freakshow that anyone has ever seen. No one’s ever let me completely loose [like this].”