Zack Snyder Returns to Movies After Stepping Away from 'Justice League' Due to Daughter's Suicide

Director Zack Snyder has signed on to his first project since stepping away from movies to spend time with his family after his 20-year-old daughter's suicide

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Zack Snyder is heading back to the director’s chair.

The Batman v. Superman and Justice League director has lined up his next project almost two years after announcing he was stepping away from movies. Snyder, 52, made the decision in May 2017 after the tragic death by suicide of his 20-year-old daughter Autumn. He was in the middle of filming Justice League, which Joss Whedon (The Avengers) helped finish.

Snyder will be directing Army of the Dead, a zombie thriller for Netflix, along with wife and producing partner Deborah Snyder, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The movie is set to start filming this summer.

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Snyder announced his decision to step down form Justice League in an emotional interview with THR, where he also revealed that Autumn had died two months earlier in March 2017. And though he initially went back to work two weeks after her death, he later realized it wasn’t what was best for him and his family.

“In my mind, I thought it was a cathartic thing to go back to work, to just bury myself and see if that was way through it,” Snyder told THR. “The demands of this job are pretty intense. It is all-consuming. And in the last two months, I’ve come to the realization …I’ve decided to take a step back from the movie to be with my family, be with my kids, who really need me. They are all having a hard time. I’m having a hard time.”

The director later thanked fans for the support on Twitter after the announcement.

“Thanks for the outpouring of support. I can’t express how much it means to Debbie & I and Autumn’s mother, Denise, at such a difficult time,” Snyder wrote.

Autumn is his daughter from his first marriage to Denise Snyder.

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