|Film production company|
|Industry||Cinema of the United States|
|Headquarters||Pasadena, California, United States|
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., and is currently located in Pasadena, California. 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. 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. 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.
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 the DC Comics limited series 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. In 2013 the studio served as co-producer to Man of Steel, remake of the Superman franchise and start of the DC Extended Universe. In 2014 the studio co-produced the sequel to 2007's 300, 300: Rise of an Empire. In 2016 the studio co-produced the sequel to 2013's Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Zack Snyder will also direct a remake of the 1969 film The Illustrated Man. 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 Seventh Son director Sergei Bodrov, with Zack and Deborah Snyder attached as producers. The studio was supposed to produce Army of the Dead, a sequel to Snyder's Dawn of the Dead remake, in which Zack Snyder was supposed to assist in developing the story, while his wife to produce the film, and Joby Harold to write the screenplay. The story centers around a father trying to save his daughter in a zombie-infested Las Vegas. Due to the expensive production value, the production of the movie was cancelled by Warner Bros. In 2017 the studio will co-produce Justice League and in 2019 the Justice League sequel.
In July 2015 it was revealed that Zack Snyder and Deborah Snyder will serve as producers and that Cruel and Unusual Films will co-produce: 2017's Wonder Woman directed by Patty Jenkins, The Batman directed by Matt Reeves and an untitled Batgirl film directed by Joss Whedon.
|2004||Dawn of the Dead||Zack Snyder||Co-production with Universal Studios, Strike Entertainment and New Amsterdam Entertainment||75%||58/100|
|2007||300||Co-production with Warner Bros. Pictures, Legendary Pictures, Virtual Studios, Atmosphere Pictures, Hollywood Gang Productions||60%||51/100|
|2008-2009||Watchmen: Motion Comic||Jake Strider Hughes||Animated short film series based on the DC comic book series Watchmen||N/A||N/A|
|2009||Watchmen||Zack Snyder||Co-production with Warner Bros. Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Legendary Pictures, Lawrence Gordon Productions and DC Entertainment||65%||56/100|
|2010||Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole||Co-production with Village Roadshow Pictures, Animal Logic and Warner Bros. Pictures
His first animated feature that he directed
|2011||Sucker Punch||Co-production with Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures||23%||33/100|
|2013||Man of Steel||Co-production with Warner Bros. Pictures, Legendary Pictures, Syncopy and DC Entertainment||55%||55/100|
|2014||300: Rise of an Empire||Noam Murro||Co-production with Warner Bros. Pictures, Legendary Pictures, Atmosphere Pictures and Hollywood Gang Productions||42%||48/100|
|2016||Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice||Zack Snyder||Co-production with Warner Bros. Pictures, RatPac Entertainment, Atlas Entertainment and DC Entertainment||28%||44/100|
|2017||Wonder Woman||Patty Jenkins||Co-production with Warner Bros. Pictures, RatPac Entertainment, Atlas Entertainment and DC Films||N/A||N/A|
|Justice League||Zack Snyder||Co-production with Warner Bros. Pictures, RatPac Entertainment, Atlas Entertainment and DC Films||N/A||N/A|
|TBA||The Batman||Matt Reeves||Co-production with Warner Bros. Pictures, Pearl Street Films and DC Films||N/A||N/A|
|Untitled Batgirl film||Joss Whedon||Co-production with Warner Bros. Pictures, RatPac Entertainment and DC Films||N/A||N/A|
|The Last Photograph||Zack Snyder||Co-production with Warner Bros. Pictures and RatPac Entertainment||N/A||N/A|
|The Illustrated Man||Remake of the 1969 film The Illustrated Man||N/A||N/A|