Zack Snyder is aiming to shoot Afghanistan-based thriller “The Last Photograph” next year after he completes post-production on the upcoming superhero tentpole “Justice League.”

“The Last Photograph” has been in development since 2007 in the wake of Snyder’s breakout success with directing “300” from Kurt Johnstad’s script with Gianni Nunnari’s Hollywood Gang producing. That team began work on “The Last Photograph,” based on an original idea by Snyder about a photograph that becomes the catalyst for a journey through war-torn Afghanistan for two men — a war correspondent who is the only one to survive an attack and a special ops soldier in search of a family member.

At that point, Nunnari was on board to produce with Snyder and his Cruel and Unusual Films partner Deborah Snyder. Christian Bale and Sean Penn were attached to star in 2011, but Snyder wound up directing three superhero films for Warner Bros. instead with 2013’s “Man of Steel,” 2016’s “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Justice League,” which will open on Nov. 17, 2017, and star Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher and Ciarán Hinds

Snyder is aiming to shoot “The Last Photograph” before beginning work on “Justice League 2,” which has not yet been dated by Warner Bros.

“The Last Photograph” is not yet set up at a studio. Snyder and producing partner-spouse Deborah Snyder have a first-look with Warner Bros. for their Cruel and Unusual Films production company.

Nunnari’s Hollywood Gang is seeking to negotiating a new deal for the rights to the story in “The Last Photograph,” since those rights have lapsed. No actors are currently attached.

The two “Justice League” movies are part of an ambitious expansion of the DC Comics Universe, launched this year with “Batman v Superman” and “Suicide Squad,” followed by “Wonder Woman” next year and “Aquaman” in October, 2018. Other titles — “The Flash,” “Cyborg,” “Green Lantern” and Ben Affleck’s standalone Batman film — have not yet been dated.