Cruel and Unusual Films

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Cruel and Unusual Films, Inc.
Type Film production company
Industry Cinema of the United States
Founded 2004
Founders Zack Snyder
Deborah Snyder
Wesley Coller
Headquarters Pasadena, California

Cruel and Unusual Films, Inc. is an American production company that was established in 2004 by filmmaker Zack Snyder, his wife Deborah Snyder, and their producing partner Wesley Coller.


Cruel and Unusual Films was founded in 2004 by Zack Snyder, his wife, Deborah, and producing partner Wesley Coller. The company is based at Warner Bros.,[1] and is currently located in Pasadena, California.[2] The company signed a two-year production deal with Warner Bros. in 2007, prior to the theatrical release of 300, a film in which Snyder served as director. Snyder and his wife, Deborah, are co-presidents of the company. Coller often serves a producing partner.[3] Snyder launched the company's official website on January 30, 2009, and invited artists to submit versions of the company logo. Its most recent logo includes an animated Catholic schoolgirl named Baby Doll who is the heroine of Snyder’s 2011 film Sucker Punch.[4] Apart from producing feature films, Cruel and Unusual Films has also assisted in the marketing its films, based on the strong advertising backgrounds of Snyder and his wife, Deborah Snyder.[5]


To date, Cruel and Unusual has served as an uncredited co-producer for films in which Snyder and his wife served as director and producer respectively. Following its establishment in 2004, the company produced Dawn of the Dead, a remake of George A. Romero's 1978 film of the same name. In 2007, Cruel and Unusual Films produced 300, an adaptation of Frank Miller's graphic novel. In 2009, the company produced Watchmen, an adaptation of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' graphic novel of the same name. Cruel and Unusual next produced Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, a computer-animated film based on the series of children's fantasy books Guardians of Ga'Hoole by Kathryn Lasky. Sucker Punch was co-written and directed by Snyder, who also produced the film with his wife Deborah Snyder. The film is the first that credits Cruel and Unusual as a producer. Sucker Punch was released on March 25, 2011.

Future projects[edit]

He will also direct a remake of the 1969 film The Illustrated Man.[6] The company will also produce The Last Photograph, a film about a photograph that inspires two men to travel to war-torn Afghanistan. The film will be directed by Sergei Bodrov, with Zack and Deborah Snyder attached as producers.[7] Army of the Dead, a sequel to Snyder's Dawn of the Dead remake, is a forthcoming film, in which Zack Snyder will assist in developing the story, while his wife produces the film, and Joby Harold writes the screenplay. The story centers around a father trying to save his daughter in a zombie-infested Las Vegas.[1]


Year Film Director Notes
2014 300: Rise of an Empire Noam Murro Co-production with Legendary Pictures
2016 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Zack Snyder Co-production with Dune Entertainment, DC Entertainment


  1. ^ a b McClintock, Pamela (March 25, 2009). "Warner, Snyders enlist in new 'Army' - Entertainment News, Los Angeles, Media - Variety". Variety (Reed Business Information). Retrieved July 28, 2010. 
  2. ^ Louie, Elaine (October 3, 2004). "WEDDINGS/CELEBRATIONS: VOWS; Deborah Johnson and Zack Snyder - New York Times". The New York Times (The New York Times Company). Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  3. ^ McClintock, Pamela (January 29, 2007). "WB makes Unusual deal -". Variety (Reed Business Information). Retrieved 23 July 2010. 
  4. ^ Vary, Adam B. (January 30, 2009). "'Watchmen' director Zack Snyder launches new website ( exclusive!) |". Entertainment Weekly. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 23 July 2010. 
  5. ^ "Welcome to Cruel and Unusual Films". Cruel and Unusual Films. Cruel and Unusual Films, Inc. Retrieved 23 July 2010. 
  6. ^ "Zack Snyder to Direct Illustrated Man -". August 28, 2007. Retrieved July 23, 2010. 
  7. ^ Fleming, Michael (March 5, 2009). "Bodrov to take WB's 'Photograph' - Entertainment News, Film News, Media - Variety". Variety (Reed Business Information). Retrieved July 26, 2010. 

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