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Timur Bekmambetkov Has more links than a golf course

When you talk about links it could be referring to web links to other websites from one site, or it could the links golf course but there’s one movie director who has more links  we wouldn’t have enough fingers to keep track thats Timur Bekmambetkov.

He is truly the first big import from Kazahkstan who burst onto the radar in the west with his sublime Nightwatch the first Russian movie to get a mainstream release in the west and from that day we knew he would be a director to watchout for. It was just a matter of time before he would make his first hollywood movie when he directed the big screen adaptation of the Mark Millar comic book Wanted starring James McAvoy, Angelina Jolie and Morgan Freeman.

As I said earlier he has been linked to so many projects and when directors and actors who get linked to so many projects and when questioned about it they usually refuse to comment but Empire recently caught up with the director and asked him direct about several of those projects and this is what came direct from the horses mouth:

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.”

“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.”

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.”

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.”

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.”

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.”

“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.”

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.

The Last Witchhunter. “I am not working on that one. It was in discussion but is not happening now.”

Black Lightning.”We are talking with Universal about producing an English-language remake, but I am not directing it.”

So what do you think? alot of exciting things and you can see Bekmambetov likes his historical as well classic stories his visual style is very modern will will compliement the stories. When you watch Nightwatch as well as Daywatch you can see Timur Bekmambetov stood above his  Russian  comrades and it was only a matter of time before Hollywood came calling for him and Im glad he is doing 20,000 Leagues under the sea rather than MCG.

so whats your thoughts on the above?



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