Directing Gigs: Zack Snyder to Tackle Afghan War Pic, and Paul Schrader to Helm Shark Hostage Tale 'Bait'

Directing Gigs: Zack Snyder to Tackle Afghan War Pic, and Paul Schrader to Helm Shark Hostage Tale 'Bait'

Aug 03, 2011

Director Zack Snyder isn’t exactly known for helming compelling dramas aiming for critical acclaim, but perhaps the filmmaker is turning over a new leaf. Snyder is now set to team up with Christian Bale and Sean Penn on The Last Photograph.

The film, which tells the tale of two men who are inspired to travel to Afghanistan after seeing a photograph, has been in development since 2007. Mongol helmer Sergei Brodov was set to tackle the project at one point, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’s Niels Arden Oplev is the latest director to leave he director's chair– opening the door for Snyder to move in and take over.

While Snyder’s brand of fanboy-friendly flicks may not make him the obvious choice for a film that seems designed to earn serious critical acclaim, Twitch points out that the move makes sense – Snyder was already a producer and writer on The Last Photograph, meaning he should be intimately familiar with the film’s structure. No word yet on when shooting might commence on The Last Photograph, but it will have to wait until after Snyder finishes his Superman reboot, Man of Steel.

In other directing news, Paul Schrader has signed on to oversee the indie thriller Bait according to Variety.

The shark flick was penned by American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis and is about a worker at a swanky beach club who gets revenge on the snooty patrons by steering their yacht into shark-filled waters. The film is not to be confused with Russell Mulcahy’s Bait 3D, which finds sharks terrorizing supermarket patrons after some kind of flood.

The idea of Ellis and Schrader teaming up to do a horror movie (call it an “indie thriller” if you want, but we all know this is a horror flick…) is intriguing. Producer Matthew Perniciaro has high hopes for the collaboration between the two talents, saying “Pairing Schrader and Ellis, two of the greatest literary minds of their generations, will elevate the genre.” We’re not sure we’d go quite that far, but a good killer shark movie would be nice.

Bait is set to begin filming this November.  

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