Zack Snyder Takes 'Last Photograph' & Albert Hughes on 'Motor City'
by Ethan Anderton
August 2, 2011
We've been hearing about The Last Photograph from producer and writer Zack Snyder since late 2007. Since then directors like Sergei Bodrov and Niels Arden Oplev have been attached to direct the film that is said to still star Sean Penn and Christian Bale. Now Twitch says Snyder himself will step up to direct after finishing production Man of Steel. The material is something quite different for Snyder as the story follows two men who are inspired by a photograph to travel to war-torn Afghanistan. Below are a few more details on The Last Photograph as well as an update on Warner Bros' revenge film Motor City moving forward.
With The Last Photograph, the story specifically follows a war correspondent (Bale) who witnesses and is the only survivor of an attack on a group of Americans. Meanwhile Penn would play a retired ex-special ops soldier who comes to the scene determined to free a family member who has been kidnapped. The journalist agrees to help identify the kidnappers and travel the rough terrain to find them, in exchange for the story, but the road brings them in confrontation with tribal regions of Afghanistan, and none of the diplomats will help. Somehow the titular photograph serves as a catalyst for both of the characters' journeys.
Twitch also has word on a new project for Albert Hughes now that he's walked away from the live-action adaptation of Akira. While Allen Hughes is heading to Broken City with Mark Wahlberg, his brother Albert is moving onto Motor City, a revenge film written by Chad St. John that follows a small time crook who is framed and sent to jail only to go after those who put him there upon release. Not only did the script make the Black List but it supposedly only contains one single line of dialogue the entire screenplay. If that's the case, a big name to lead the film will be required, and producer Joel Silver apparently already has an offer out to Captain America star Chris Evans to lead the film.
He hasn't yet made a decision, but if he turns it down apparently Joel Edgerton and Jeremy Renner are also in the running. Either way, Hughes has boarded the film, and it's moving quickly through development.