LOS ANGELES - Zack Snyder will receive the ShoWest 2009 Director of the Year Award, it was announced today by Mitch Neuhauser, co-managing director of the event, which will be held March 30-April 2, 2009, in Las Vegas. Snyder will be presented with the ShoWest Director of the Year Award at ShoWest's Final Night Banquet and Award Ceremony on Thursday, April 2nd, at Bally's and Paris Las Vegas.
"Since breaking onto the scene in 2004 with the box office hit Dawn of the Dead, Zack Snyder has developed a bold, distinctive moviemaking style that has received critical acclaim and has generated box office success around the world," said Neuhauser. "His continued dedication to providing audiences with groundbreaking films is unparalleled and we could not be more thrilled to honor Zack Snyder as the ShoWest 2009 Director of the Year."
Snyder's most recent project is set for release on March 6. Watchmen is the highly anticipated, multi-layered mystery adventure, based on the award-winning graphic novel. A complex, multi-layered mystery adventure, the film is set in an alternate 1985 America in which costumed superheroes are part of the fabric of everyday society, and the Doomsday Clock - which charts the USA's tension with the Soviet Union - is set at five minutes to midnight. When one of his former colleagues is murdered, the washed-up but no less determined masked vigilante Rorschach sets out to uncover a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes. As he reconnects with his former crime-fighting legion - a ragtag group of retired superheroes, only one of whom has true powers - Rorschach glimpses a wide-ranging and disturbing conspiracy with links to their shared past and catastrophic consequences for the future. Their mission is to watch over humanity...but who is watching the Watchmen?
Snyder made his feature film directorial debut with the 2004 horror thriller Dawn of the Dead, which topped the box office on its opening weekend. The film brought Snyder widespread acclaim from critics and audiences and was nominated for the Camera d'Or Prize at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. Snyder followed up this success with the Warner Bros. 2007 worldwide blockbuster 300. Snyder is the co-president of Cruel and Unusual Films, formed with his wife and producing partner Deborah Snyder. In addition to Watchmen, Cruel and Unusual films projects include the drama The Last Photograph, the fantasy-adventure Sucker Punch, and the animated 3D film The Guardians of Ga'Hoole.Other films in development include a feature film adaptation of Ray Bradbury's classic The Illustrated Man, the zombie film Army of the Dead and the apocalyptic thriller Cobalt 60.