In case you don’t know the name Timur Bekmambetov, he’s a Russian director responsible for the two biggest Russian movies in the last few years — “Night Watch” and its sequel, “Day Watch”. (Word is there is a third, to complete the oh-so-fashionable trilogy.) Timur’s latest, and his Hollywood debut, is a live-action movie adaptation of Mark Millar’s “Wanted” comic book, about a young man who discovers his father is a supervillain, forcing him to become one himself when the old man gets capped. The film co-stars Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy, rapper Common, and Morgan Freeman. Timur recently gave an interview with MTV about the project, currently shooting in Prague.
” ‘Wanted’ is the story of a young boy who discovers that his father is a member of an evil organization that controls the world “” when he gets killed, the boy wants revenge,” the director said of the “Bourne Identity”-like setup, which casts “Last King of Scotland” star McAvoy as the villainous protagonist. “It’s a comic book movie, but it looks real. For me, it’s the same experience as ‘Night Watch’ and ‘Day Watch’ because what we are trying to do is tell a fantasy story with real drama and without conventions. Every time, we are undercutting it with reality.”
Based on Mark Millar’s stunning graphic-novel series, “Wanted” gives us an angst-ridden, 25-year-old cubicle slave (think “Fight Club”) 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.
You can read the rest of the interview here.
I never read the comics, but I know Millar is an insanely talented writer, and has always managed to bring something new to everything he does. I can’t count how many times he’s destroyed half the globe in his “Ultimates” comic book line, and Timur has shown a willingness for wanton destruction in his “Watch” series.