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Timur Bekmambetov Biography

  • Profession: Director, Screenwriter, Producer
  • Born: Jan 1, 0001
  • Died: Jan 1, 0001

Commonly regarded as one of the most commercially successful directors of early 21th century Russia, Timur Bekmambetov traveled the path of many a feature helmer by beginning his career in the advertising arena and guiding a series of popular television advertisements through to fruition. Bekmambetov made his debut with the little-seen-abroad Russian picture [[Feature~V133787~Peshavarsky Vals~peshavarskyvals]] (1994), but his science fiction franchise that began in 2004 with [[Feature~V313553~Night Watch~nightwatch]] and continued two years later with a sequel, [[Feature~V349564~Day Watch~daywatch]] (2006), is what put him over the top and made him an international sensation. These sagas -- complex period thrillers with byzantine narratives about a showdown between the forces of light and the forces of darkness -- became instantaneous cult hits and the most lucrative releases in Russia for years; they also prompted Hollywood to summon Bekmambetov, and the trades reported in 2006 that Rogue Pictures gave him a first-look deal to develop English-language outings for its genre division. Meanwhile, Bekmambetov continued his Russian slate and in fact realized his English-language debut with the Spyglass-Universal release [[Feature~V389654~Wanted~wanted]] (2008). This apocalyptic adrenaline rush plays out the saga of a spineless hypochondriac ([[Performer~P357725~James McAvoy~jamesmcavoy]]) drawn inexorably into a society of secret assassins. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi