The Last Photograph is based on a story that Snyder developed with Kurt Johnstad: Snyder’s co-writer on the scripts for 300 and 300: Rise of an Empire, who also wrote the script for The Last Photograph. The film, as reported by THR, revolves around a war correspondent in Afghanistan who winds up being the sole survivor of an attack on a group of Americans in the country – at which point, the correspondent meets a special ops soldier and accompanies them, on a search to find a missing family member. Christian Bale and Sean Penn were attached to star in The Last Photograph back in 2011, but – naturally – that is no longer the case at this stage.
This movie is clearly a passion project for Snyder, seeing as he first started to work on it in 2007. The Last Photograph could also make for a welcome, lower-budgeted change of pace from Snyder’s costly DCEU epics; at the same time, playing to his strengths as a action/thriller filmmaker and using some of the tricks that he’s picked up while working on the DCEU (see the cinéma vérité techniques that he used on Man of Steel especially). In that respect, The Last Photograph could prove to be as effective as a “palate cleanser” for Snyder as, say, Chef was for filmmaker Jon Favreau, allowing him to come back all the fresher and more re-energized for Justice League 2… assuming that plan for Snyder to return to the DCEU a fourth time doesn’t change, of course.
We’ll bring you more information on The Last Photograph as it becomes available.