Bekmambetov Update: What Projects Are Alive & Dead?

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Lincoln, Templar, Witch Hunter

Filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov is like Guillermo del Toro in the sense the man lines up myriad projects to either write, direct or produce. Empire spoke with the Russian helmer of Nightwatch, Daywatch and Wanted to find out what he’s at work on next.

The Last Witch Hunter doesn’t appear to have any life left in it. Timur states he’s no longer involved in the project, written by Cory Goodman. It was set up at Summit Entertainment. The vampire-themes The Knights Templar, written by Adam Torchia and Justin Stanley, is still active. Timur is merely producing for Universal, but don’t hold your breath. It doesn’t sound like it’s being done any time soon.

The director is very eager to sit at the helm of “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”: “That one I’m prepping to direct myself,” he says. “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.”

Damn straight you’re shooting in America.

Meanwhile, Timur is also developing a film called Red Asphalt for Lionsgate. He describes it as a drunk driving horror film done in 3D that is also a car chase flick. “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.”

Sounds…nauseating. For more on what he’s up to, follow this link!

Source: Empire