Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman, Common and James McAvoy are just a few of the high-powered stars who hunted down Bekmambetov when they heard he was making Wanted, a slick comic book thriller that's been called a Watchmen for supervillains. Calling in from the Prague set to promote his currently in-theaters Day Watch. the director gave us an exclusive preview of the next world he's creating.
Based on Mark Millar's stunning graphic-novel series, Wanted gives us an angst-ridden, 25-year-old cubicle slave laid low by a disloyal girlfriend and a domineering boss. After discovering that his late dad was a member of the Fraternity - a secret league of assassins - he realizes he's been blessed with extraordinary powers that make him a perfect recruit. With help from some atypical tutors, he soon finds himself carrying out the death orders of the Fates, literal weavers of every human's lifeline.
"This is Night Watch and Day Watch but four times together," Bekmambetov said of the film's scope. "It's much, much bigger. We built a huge textile factory in Prague. ... The production designer, John Myhre, made X-Men, Chicago and Memoirs of a Geisha. He's built this huge set, and we've created a mythology in this world of weavers."
The director said he plans to once again create a reality brimming with visual revelations - and then take it all apart. "We will create a world, and then we will destroy this world," he laughed. "The hero will discover the whole world. It looks ordinary, but it's not. It's an industrial world filled with weaving machines, lots of traps, lot of looms flying back and forth and predicting the future. The looms weave these fabrics, and the fabrics have a pattern, like a binary code, that has information. The weavers can read the fabric - they see the structure of it and they can read its messages. Then they know who has to be killed to keep the balance of the world."
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Wanted arrives in theatres on March 28th, 2008.