Monday, August 9, 2010

The Timur Bekmambetov Projects Update

Critically Acclaimed director/producer/writer Timur Bekmambetov is maybe busier then Guillermo del Toro. The super busy director recently had an interview with Empire magazine over just about every project he is/or rumored to be attached to direct/produce/write. I will compile a list of his rumored films in order of what I want to see made first.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter -  "That one I’m prepping to direct myself. It is not a comedy at all – it is a very entertaining, epic history lesson for millions and millions of teenagers. If you remember Nightwatch, it is maybe in the vein of that kind of movie." He continued to say "We are keeping the traditional look of Lincoln – the big hat and the beard. He has to be historically correct, but with a few special weapons. There is only one book, but there will be many opportunities to develop and explore this world if we get to do sequels. I hope we will start this winter. We are shooting in America." Thank god it's being filmed in America and he wants to direct it. That is great news. 

Wanted 2 - "We are discussing Wanted 2 every month. We are working on it now, but I think it will be after Lincoln because James (McAvoy) is working on the X-Men: First Class… It’s why I decided to develop Lincoln without a studio, to keep control. It’s a big movie but independent too." I loved the first one so much and can't wait to see what happens with this movie.

Twilight Watch - "I hope it happens. It’s like first love – we created this world and now I’m watching the Twilight movies, I feel like we missed something by not doing Twilight Watch. Because there are a lot of ideas in those films that we were going to use. But we didn’t finish the story. It would be good to get around to it one day. " Note - He is not talking about those horrible Twilight Saga films and I have been waiting forever for this film because I am a huge fan of the series and it's my favorite Bekmambetov films to date.

The Knights Templar - "That is a project I am developing with Universal. I wrote the treatment but it’s not something I am doing in the near future. It’s a great story, but… It’s why I’m producing, because there are too many stories. I have to give them to other people sometimes. This movie just sounds awesome. look it up if you haven't heard of it. 

20,000 Leagues Under The Sea - "Yes, it is happening. We are in development with a writer and Ridley Scott’s people. It’s early in development. I would like to direct myself – it’s a great tale that I love from my childhood. It will be a modernised version of the famous book." This movie could end up being very good. 

Moby Dick - "I’ve developed the whole world, but we’re still working on the script. To fight a supernatural creature, you need people with supernatural abilities. It’s the same story but with a different take, much more mystical. The whalers are not ordinary people, and yes, the whale will be done digitally." I actually never read the book or really seen a serious film about Moby Dick and am looking forward to this film.

Red Asphalt -  "I am working on that with Lionsgate. It’s a movie about drunk driving… in 3D! 3D is the only way to recreate what you feel when you drink and drive." He later said "It’s my original idea – I wrote the treatment. Everyone drinks and drives once, and I want to make a horror movie about it. It’s one big car chase. People will feel what it’s like when you’re drunk and driving, and it’s really scary. The world is not exactly the same." This film just sounds weird and very mysterious... I like it.

Black Lightning - "We are talking with Universal about producing an English-language remake, but I am not directing it." I've seen footage of the original and I'm intrigued about it to say the least.

The Last Witchhunter - "I am not working on that one. It was in discussion but is not happening now." I really don't care to much for this project since the start, so this is probably good news. 

There is a full update on Timur Bekmambetov's films. I am exuasted just looking at them. Just imagine how he works on these films on a daily basis. Somebody should get him and del Toro to have lunch and maybe start working together to finish some of their films. 

Benjamin Myers
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