“Wanted” director Timur Bekmambetov has been linked to numerous projects as his potential next effort. This week, Empire spoke with him about every single one of the projects he’s been linked to and cleared up where they all stand as of now.
Most likely to go is “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” which he is prepping to direct himself and describes the tone in the vein of his Russian hit “Night Watch”. In fact he has franchise plans for the property – “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.”
The “Wanted” sequel is still being discussed but will likely go after ‘Lincoln’ due to star James McAvoy’s commitment to “X-Men: First Class”. He has penned a treatment for “Red Asphalt”, a 3D horror film about drunk driving for Lionsgate described as “one big car chase”.
He has also penned a treatment for “The Knights Templar” which is setup at Universal, however that he only intends to produce that. He and Universal have also talked about an English-language remake of “Black Lightning” which he also would only produce.
Still in very early development and/or scripting stages are his “20,000 Leagues Under The Sea” adaptation at Scott Free, and his more mystical take on “Moby Dick”. He also hopes to get around to “Twilight Watch” one day, while “The Last Witchhunter” project has fallen by the wayside.