Bekmambetov directing The Last Witch Hunter
Unsurprisingly from the studio that brought us vampires and werewolves from the Twilight franchise are heading off for witches next, and what has the saving grace here that Timur Bekmambetov is the man looking like he'll be directing.
Without that name I'd be thinking that we're going to be looking at something that's just going to leap on the PG13 audience and cater for more teen angst and neutered down creatures, but with Bekmambetov, I'm thinking we might have something that has a bit of an edge to it, and maybe something worthwhile, here comes The Last Witch Hunter.
Add to that the name of the writer, Cory Goodman, the man who has just written Priest starring Paul Bettany, Maggie Q, Karl Urban, Stephen Moyer, Cam Gigandet, Christopher Plummer, Brad Dourif and Mädchen Amick and directed by Scott Stewart, now that's an interesting film, and from the sounds of it they haven't tailored it for the main demographic and instead made a decent film exploiting the best of the plot rather than constraining it.
He also has The Brood remake on his writing list. Add him, the director, and the plot outline, and we might actually have a decent film.
The protagonist is one of the last remaining witch hunters, a breed that keeps the population of witches and warlocks in check. They are about to repopulate in a major way unless he can stop them.
Now I don't leap over demographic films or stories, but this has potential to pull out of the figures and actually deliver to the full strength of the outline don't you think? I certainly believe it's got way more potential than the average films from this genre, but then what do the studio care? They're making tons of money from them, why would they want to threaten that? Would Timur Bekmambetov buckle to studio pressure and deliver the demographic winner?