Snyder made the jump to feature direction from the commercial and music video world with his inspired re-imagining of the George Romero classic Dawn of the Dead. He then directed the groundbreaking action epic 300, adapted from the Frank Miller Graphic novel. Grossing more than $450 million worldwide, 300 established Snyder as one of the film industry's most artistic and sought-after directors.
Snyder followed with the expertly crafted Watchmen, bringing the unfilmable graphic novel to the big screen in 2009. He made his animation debut with the 2010 adventure Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, based on the beloved books by Kathryn Lasky and featuring a voice cast that included Oscar winners Helen Mirren and Geoffrey Rush.
Snyder produces through his Warner Bros.-based shingle, Cruel and Unusual Films, which he co-founded with wife and producing partner, Deborah Snyder. They are presently developing a wide range of films, including The Last Photograph, with a story by Snyder and screenplay by Kurt Johnstad; and Army of the Dead, an action thriller being written by Joby Harold, from an original story by Snyder, with award winning commercial filmmaker Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. set to direct.
In addition, Snyder is scripting the untitled 300 sequel with his 300 collaborator Kurt Johnstad, based on Frank Miller's upcoming graphic novel of the same name. Cruel and Unusual Films is also developing Illusions, based on the novel by Richard Bach, and Cobalt 60.
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Zack Snyder Facts
|Director, Screenwriter, Producer
|March 1, 1966 (57)
|Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA
|Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice
|Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice Ultimate Edition
|Man of Steel
|Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole