WB taps rookie to lead Snyder's 'Army'


Commercial filmmaker and visual artist Matthijs van Heijningen is set to make his directorial debut on the Zack Snyder-produced "Army of the Dead" for Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow.

Snyder, who originated the story, is producing with his wife-partner Deborah Snyder via their Warners-based Cruel & Unusual Films.

"Dead" is an action thriller centering on a father's mission to save his daughter from imminent death in a zombie-infested world. Filmmaker Joby Harold ("Awake") wrote the screenplay.

Van Heijningen, repped by CAA, is a winner of more than a half-dozen Cannes advertising Lions.

"We were looking for an inventive talent with a unique voice, and we found it in Matthijs," said Snyder, a commercials director-turned-feature filmmaker. "His ability to infuse humor with irony allows him to create compelling stories in 30 seconds."

Cruel & Unusual's Wesley Coller is exec producing. Greg Silverman and Elishia Holmes are overseeing for Warners. (partialdiff)