Although he is deep into his Superman update Man of Steel, director Zack Snyder is looking forward to what his next project may be. TwitchFilm reports he has taken over the director’s chair for The Last Photograph, a film he was previously attached to produce. He is replacing Niels Arden Oplev, director of the Swedish version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (with David Fincher‘s version coming this year), but no word on why he left.

Christian Bale will star alongside the Sean Penn as the lead. Production was supposed to begin in fall of 2012 after Bale wrapped The Dark Knight Rises, but with Snyder’s Man of Steel commitment, a start date is up in the air. Check out a synopsis below.

“Set in Afghanistan, it is a timely drama that has elements of The Searchers and Taken. Bale plays a war correspondent who witnesses and is the only survivor of an attack on a group of Americans. Penn is 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. The road brings them in confrontation with tribal regions of Afghanistan, and none of the diplomats will help.”

While I’m not the biggest fan of Snyder, and even less so after Sucker Punch, with Man of Steel and this project, it sounds like he is on the upswing. It will be nice for him to attempt a different sort of film and we can hope he learned a few things from Christopher Nolan, who mentored him on Supes.

What do you think about Snyder directing this drama?

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