Universal Remaking Russian Flying Car Movie Black Lightning
by Alex Billington
June 30, 2010
Some of you may remember hearing about this Russian sci-fi action movie called Black Lightning before, about a flying Volga. Essentially it's being called the Russian response to Transformers and Batman and it actually looks pretty cool (watch the trailer here). Although that movie was originally produced by Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov, Variety reports that Universal is "in talks" with Timur to direct an English language remake of Black Lightning. The film made roughly $20 million in its run in Russia last year, which is apparently impressive, but I think Universal is hoping there is a wider appeal beyond just that country.
No other major details were revealed regarding this remake, but it only seems like yet another new project on Bekmambetov's plate, as they also talk about a few other movies he's working on. The Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter movie based on the novel, a "purely American project" for Timur, is still moving forward, but they haven't set a start date. Additionally, he's producing The Darkest Hour sci-fi thriller that shoots in Moscow starting next month. I'm looking forward to seeing Black Lightning first anyway, but I also think a remake could be cool to see, especially with Timur behind the wheel. We'll definitely keep you updated on it.
I've attached the last full-length trailer for Black Lightning below, directed by Dmitriy Kiselev & Aleksandr Voytinskiy, for your viewing pleasure. If you haven't seen it yet, then check it out, it looks pretty damn fun!