Updated: Bekmambetov not up for Dusk Watch?
Timur Bekmambetov is soon to hit screens everywhere with Wanted, the comic book adaptation with Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy. The first I saw of his work was Nightwatch, the first of a planned trilogy adapted from Sergei Lukyanenko's novels.
Bekmambetov though suggests he might not be that interested in doing the third film in the trilogy, Duskwatch.
The trilogy of books are Night Watch (Filmstalker review), Day Watch (Filmstalker review) and Dusk Watch . I've only seen the first of these as films but it really was something else. The only film I've seen out of Russia, but really high quality, and Timur Bekmambetov made it look visually stunning as well.
It's a rather complicated plot, but it involves the forces of light and darkness and an uneasy truce made between them hundreds of years ago. Day Watch has already been made, and Bekmambetov directed that one too. The plan with Dusk Watch was that it would be made in English. But it hasn't made it into production yet though, and from what Bekmambetov says he may not be interested if it does. shocktillyoudrop, through Jo Blo asked him about his plans for the third film,
I don't know. It depends on what will happen. I never read a script for 'Dusk Watch' and we'll see what will happen. I'm kind of done with these kinds of movies. Not action movies, but conspiracy theory/action/tragedies.
Considering how he put his mark on Night Watch, and I presume Day Watch too, it would be a downer if he wasn't involved in the third film should it be made. It was a really distinctive style, and a final movie without it probably wouldn't work as well. But maybe he's looking to leave those kind of films behind, now he's had a taste of Hollywood. Let's hope if the opportunity comes up, he wants to get involved.
Bekmambetov has been talking again, and not only is he none the wiser on Dusk Watch. But he seems to be comparing Wanted to Nightwatch. On Bloody Disgusting he says:
It’s a big mess! I don’t know what will happen with this project, Wanted took its place. Wanted became the American version of Night Watch. So for the moment I am not doing this. I don’t know what I could add, how to make it different. Right now it would just be another Wanted.
Wanted is the American version of Night Watch, I find that hard to believe. I'm pretty sure Mark Millar would as well. Guess we'll have to wait and see once it's out. Either he really doesn't think he could do it justice, or he's got Hollywood in his sights. Who knows.