Zack Snyder Will Take ‘The Last Photograph’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 6th, 2013 at 1:44 pm,

It turns out that Zack Snyder is planning a reunion with his 300 co-writer Kurt Johnstad and production company Hollywood Gang. Just not on the spin-off, 300: Battle of Artemisia, that is.

Snyder has instead cemented plans to direct a drama titled The Last Photograph, which is based on his own original idea and has been in development since 2007. The project was going to be helmed by Niels Arden Oplev (the Swedish Girl With the Dragon Tattoo adaptation), but he ended up vacating the director’s chair, for undisclosed reasons.

Twitch broke the news about Snyder having selected to serve as director, co-writer, and producer of The Last Photograph. Production on the project will begin once Snyder completes his duties on the Superman reboot, Man of Steel, which is now slated to reach theaters in Summer 2013.

Sean Penn and Christian Bale are attached to star in Last Photograph as a pair of men who “are inspired by a photograph¬†to travel war torn Afghanistan.” Assuming everything goes according to plan, this will be Bale’s followup to The Dark Knight Rises and Penn’s next onscreen appearance, following his turn as “Jewish Mafia” gangster Mickey Cohen in Ruben Fleischer’s Gangster Squad.

Last Photograph will be a change of pace for Snyder, who’s far better known for his style-over-substance popcorn flicks like the Dawn of the Dead remake – and especially his loyal comic book adaptations, 300 and Watchmen – rather than low-key dramas.

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Snyder failed to draw in the masses earlier this year with the lackluster Sucker Punch (see above), which was also based on one of his original ideas. However, Last Photograph sounds like a less ambitious and more straightforward tale that will certainly benefit from having two Oscar-winning powerhouse actors in the forms of Penn and Bale onboard. It also stands to reason that this film will benefit from Snyder’ exaggerated visual sensibilities, especially when it comes to creating the war-torn setting (see the WWI-inspired sequence in Sucker Punch).

Can Snyder handle Last Photograph‘s more character-oriented narrative and not overshadow the personal elements of the story with his customary flashy style? It’s difficult to confidently say “yes” at this juncture, but perhaps he’ll surprise his detractors by delivering an excellent reboot of the Superman franchise – and then, turn around and release an engaging drama with awards potential. Crazier things have happened.

We’ll keep you posted on the status of The Last Photograph, as more information is released.

Source: Twitch

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  1. i’d be interested in seeing how this pans out

  2. How is it that he even lands movies after the financial distastes called Watchmen, Guardians of Gahoole and Sucker Punch?

    I can’t this is .. Anybody ..?!

  3. watchmen and 300 were both great movies, with huge spectacles, memorable characters, and moving imagery. sucker punch, while making some major mistakes, still came across to me as an intriguing, visually stunning story. it was a little to ambitious for snyder to handle this early in his career, but that was the most underrated movie of the year. i think snyder has some of the biggest potential to replace the juggernaut directors like nolan and spielberg. once he gets more control over his storytelling ability, and comes up with a cleaner premise, snyder could make a real masterpiece blockbuster.

  4. Color me interested.

  5. I let the horrific reviews of Sucker Punch keep me away, until I had the chance to see it the other day on the small screen. And you know what? It wasn’t terrible. It definitely had problems, but there was a lot to like. Sure, I’ll admit more readily to my Tarkovsky and Kurosawa fetishes, but this was kinda fun. It’ll be interesting to see what he does with this cast.

  6. Okay, look. I’m a Zack Snyder fan. I LOVE Sucker Punch, and everything else he’s ever done (minus that Owl movie, which I haven’t seen) has been, at the very least, entertaining. I think Snyder’s one of the best action directors currently working in the industry. But… he can NOT do drama. Like, at all.

    The only thing keeping Sucker Punch from being a great movie was the drama scenes just didn’t really work. Same with Watchmen. Now, Sean Penn and Christian Bale are both good enough actors that neither one of them (especially Penn) really need a great director to give a great performance, so the movie might be saved just by virtue of the actors involved, but I’m still not confident Snyder can deliver a solid drama.

  7. wll, you know,is ok, for now, and far away

  8. No. He Cant