Timur Bekmambetov

Timur Bekmambetov in Talks to Direct ‘Ben-Hur’ Remake

Timur Bekmambetov in Talks to Direct ‘Ben-Hur’ Remake

Director Timur Bekmambetov is in early talks to direct the Ben-Hur remake for MGM Studios.

We first reported on the project back in January, when MGM acquired the spec screenplay from Keith R. Clarke (The Way Back). The script is said to be much more faithful to the original 1880 novel by Lew Wallace, exploring the early years of Judah Ben-Hur and Messalla, who grew up as best friends before the Roman Empire took over Jerusalem. The story follows Ben-Hur as he is sold into slavery by Messalla years later. The script also includes the tale of Jesus Christ, whose story is told in parallel with Ben-Hur's, and culminates with his death at the hands of Pontius Pilate.

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Timur Bekmambetov to Direct ‘Heatseekers’

Timur Bekmambetov to Direct ‘Heatseekers’

Director Timur Bekmambetov has signed on to make Heatseekers for Paramount Pictures and Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes.

We first reported on the project back in April 2010, when Platinum Dunes acquired the spec screenplay by George Mahaffey. F. Scott Frazier has signed on to rewrite the script. The story centers on an ex-military pilot who takes to the skies to do battle with a group of aerial renegades.

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SET VISIT: ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’

It's not every day you can say you watched Abraham Lincoln chase down a man with an axe, but on a hot summer day in 2011, that's exactly what yours truly and a small cadre of entertainment journalists did. Visiting the set of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, the experience felt predictably jarring, seeing a convergence of history and modernity, technology and humanity. But with Timur Bekmambetov in the director's chair, such contradictions are par for the course: The filmmaker announced himself to the world with the genre mash-up Night Watch, and then brought his visceral, overcranked style to the world of Wanted. Chronicling America's fourteenth president as an assassin of fanged bloodsuckers, the filmmaker seemed oddly at home.

We toured the set of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter last year, during which time we joined a group of press in a discussion with Timur Bekmambetov about the process of adapting novelist Seth Grahame-Smith's book of the same name. In addition to addressing the odd pairing of a Russian filmmaker and American president, he discussed the process of adapting his ultramodern style to the period landscape of the 1800s, and offered some insights into what about this story makes it not only an exciting adventure, but a surprisingly timeless one as well.

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EXCLUSIVE: Benjamin Walker and Timur Bekmambetov Talk ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’

Field reporter Terri Schwartz recently traveled to Springfield, Illinois to honor Abraham Lincoln's birthday this past Sunday, and in the process managed to catch up with Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter star Benjamin Walker, who plays the ax-wielding Honest Abe, and his director Timur Bekmambetov. Together, they sat for a chat about this anticipated June release. To watch our exclusive interview, click on the clip below.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter was released June 22nd, 2012.

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‘Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter’ Cast and Crew Featurette

Director Timur Bekmambetov and star Benjamin Walker have joined for an extensive look behind-the-scenes at Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter with an all-new featurette. Check it out below.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter was released June 22nd, 2012.

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Timur Bekmambetov Developing ‘One Hundred Percent Lunar Boy’

Timur Bekmambetov has acquired film rights to Stephen Tunney's young adult science fiction novel One Hundred Percent Lunar Boy.

The story is set 2000 years in the future, with 16-year-old Hieronymus Rexaphin, who lives on the now-colonized moon, where he meets a girl from Earth who is inexplicably drawn to him because of his special condition, which gives him the ability to see the future path of time and matter.

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‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’ Photo with Ben Walker Fighting the Undead

Timur Bekmambetov directs Benjamin Walker in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, based on the popular novel by Seth Grahame-Smith. A new photo has arrived from this hotly anticipated genre mash-up, which finds Benjamin Walker as Honest Abe fighting off a member of the Undead. Check it out below.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter was released June 22nd, 2012.

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‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’ Photo Featuring Timur Bekmambetov

20th Century Fox has released a new photo from the set of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, which is currently in production. Click on the photo below, which features star Benjamin Walker and director Timur Bekmambetov, to access our gallery. We also have a new, high-resolution version of the photo we debuted yesterday as well.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter was released June 22nd, 2012.

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