Snyder in March 2011
|Born||Zachary Edward Snyder
March 1, 1966
Green Bay, Wisconsin, U.S.
|Occupation||Film director, film producer, screenwriter|
|Spouse(s)||Deborah Snyder (2004–present)|
Zachary Edward "Zack" Snyder (born March 1, 1966) is an American film director, film producer, and screenwriter, best known for action/science fiction films. After making his feature film debut with the 2004 remake Dawn of the Dead, he gained wide recognition with the 2007 box office hit 300, adapted from writer-artist Frank Miller's Dark Horse Comics miniseries of the same name, and later went on to direct the 2009 superhero film Watchmen, an adaptation of the comic book of the same name. He is the co-founder of Cruel and Unusual Films, a production company he established in 2004, alongside his wife Deborah Snyder and producing partner Wesley Coller. His first family film was the 2010 animated family adventure film Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, based on the first three books of the series by Kathryn Lasky. His most recent film is Sucker Punch, which he directed and co-wrote. He has also been hired by Warner Bros. to direct a reboot of the Superman film series titled Man of Steel.
Snyder was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and was raised in Greenwich, Connecticut. His father was an executive recruiter and his mother was a painter and a photography teacher at Daycroft School, which Snyder later attended. Snyder attended Camp Owatonna in Harrison, Maine during the summer months as a child. Snyder's mother inspired him to study nude paintings a year after high school at Heatherley School of Fine Art in England, although he had already begun filmmaking. Afterward, Snyder attended the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California (where he was classmates with Michael Bay). Snyder still lives in Pasadena with his second wife, producer Deborah Snyder.
Snyder went on to shoot, as a director and as a cinematographer, television commercials for such clients as the automobile companies Audi, BMW, Subaru and Nissan, among others. Other commercial work has been for clients including Nike, Reebok, and Gatorade.
Snyder made his feature film debut with the remake Dawn of the Dead (2004), and scored a box office hit with 300 (2007), adapted from writer-artist Frank Miller's Dark Horse Comics miniseries of the same name. His Warner Bros. film Watchmen was released on March 6, 2009 and grossed $185 million worldwide. His follow-up project/animation debut titled Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole was released on September 24, 2010. Snyder produced, co-wrote, and directed Sucker Punch, which was released on March 25, 2011. The film, based on a script written by Snyder and Steve Shibuya, was about a young woman in a mental hospital who fantasizes of escape with her fellow inmates.
He has announced that he will be directing the upcoming Man of Steel film for Warner Bros., which will be a reboot of the franchise. He will direct a yet-to-be-produced remake of the 1969 film The Illustrated Man, and is set to produce a prequel to 300. He also wants to direct a segment for an upcoming Heavy Metal 3, and plans to write and direct a sequel to Legend of the Guardians.
In October 2012, Warner Bros. announced a planned 2015 release for their Justice League film. It remains unknown at this point whether or not Henry Cavill is expected to reprise his role. During an interview with the New York Post in November 2012, director Zack Snyder stated, “I don’t know how ‘Justice League’ is going to be handled. Honestly, I don’t. But ‘The Man of Steel’ exists, and Superman is in it. I don’t know how you’d move forward without acknowledging that,” and claimed that Warner Bros. expects him to "keep them on course" as regards to a potential cinematic universe. It was rumored in early March of 2013 that Snyder would direct the Justice League film and that Christopher Nolan would again be producing.
In November of 2012, Snyder proclaimed that he would not be involved with the development of Star Wars Episode VII. Speculation swirled again in January of 2013, when Vulture reported that he would be developing a Star Wars spin-off film inspired by Seven Samurai. However, this report was later denied as rumor by Snyder's representative. As of March 2013, it was rumored that Zack Synder might be attached to the long in progress Justice League movie. As reported by Latino Review, Synder might either step in as a producer or he might direct the project itself. These reports have not been confirmed yet. 
Before the opening of 300, Warner Bros. expressed concerns about the political aspects of the film's theme. Snyder relates that there was "a huge sensitivity about East versus West with the studio." Media speculation about a possible parallel between the Greco-Persian conflict and current events began in an interview with Snyder that was conducted before the Berlin Film Festival. The interviewer remarked that "everyone is sure to be translating this [film] into contemporary politics." Snyder replied that, while he was aware that people would read the film through the lens of contemporary events, no parallels between the film and the contemporary world were intended.
Snyder often uses slow motion in and out of the fight scenes in his films, which Amy Nicholson of Boxoffice magazine remarked separates the director from other filmmakers who make multiple cuts and close-ups during a fight. A minute-long shot from 300 shows King Leonidas walking down as he slaughters his enemies, and the camera only dollys in and out to emphasize each kill and move.
Snyder's body of work has earned him a number of awards, including two Clio Awards and a Gold Lion Award for his Jeep "Frisbee" commercial. He also won an award for his humorous commercial "General's Party".
|2004||Dawn of the Dead||Yes||NO||NO||Universal Pictures|
|2007||300||Yes||NO||Yes||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|2009||Watchmen||Yes||NO||NO||Warner Bros. Pictures and Paramount Pictures|
|2010||Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole||Yes||NO||NO||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|2011||Sucker Punch||Yes||Yes||Yes||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|2013||Man of Steel||Yes||NO||NO||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|2014||300: Rise of an Empire ||NO||Yes||Yes||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|Actors||Dawn of the Dead
|Legend of the Guardians:
The Owls of Ga'Hoole
|Man of Steel
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