Timur Bekmambetov to Remake his Black Lightning

The Timur Bekmambetov-produced “Black Lightning”, about a college kid who discovers a car that can fly and uses it to fight crime, is essentially “Spider-Man in a car”, and follows the Sam Raimi film beat-by-beat. But, um, it’s about a kid with a flying car instead of spider powers, so, you know, that makes it different. The film did $20 million in local business last year, making it a bona fide hit.

That hit status means there are reasons for an American studio to want to remake it, and thus Universal is currently in talks with Timur Bekmambetov to bring the Russian-language sci-fi actioner to American theaters. Meanwhile, the “Wanted” director is already moving forward with a sequel, and as with the original, he’ll probably just produce the remake, this time alongside “Twilight New Moon’s” Chris Weitz.

Bekmambetov has his fingers in plenty of pies as producer, including the live-action adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”, which continues to churn towards a greenlight. The Russian director is also currently prepping his sci-fi invasion movie “The Darkest Hour” for shooting in July on location in Moscow.

“The Darkest Hour” will be directed by Chris Gorak, and stars “Speed Racer’s” Emile Hirsch, Olivia Thirlby, Max Minghella, and Joel Kinnaman. The plot has American college students trapped in Moscow during an alien invasion, and must team up with the locals to fight back.

Here’s a trailer for the original “Black Lightning”: