Timur Bekmambetov Attached to Helm The Last Witch Hunter
by Ethan Anderton
March 15, 2010
When vampires and werewolves are all the rage with kids these days, why not toss witches into the mix, too? That's Summit Entertainment's thought as Deadline says the production company has paid top dollar for a pitch from Cory Goodman (who also wrote the forthcoming Priest for Scott Stewart) for a film called The Last Witch Hunter, a story about, you guessed it, 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. Making this all the more interesting is Timur Bekmambetov's (Wanted) attachment as director.
Bekmambetov will primarily help out as a producer on the project (he most recently produced the animated flick 9 with Tim Burton), and I have to say this sounds like the most promising employment of old horror elements in a long time. I can't say much in comparison to the Underworld series, since I haven't seen any of films in that franchise, but this concept sounds very cool and with Bekmambetov's involvement, it's sure to be edgy and unique in vision. Anything to bring some excitement to this kind of story while teenage girls are preoccupied with Twilight. Let's just hope Timur doesn't back out from directing before shooting starts.
Note: That concept art photo at the top is not actually from the movie, it's from Warhammer Online instead.
Reader Feedback - 12 Comments
We'll see how this turns out. Enough with bringing up Twilight.
People's Champ on Mar 15, 2010
You know for FS hating twilight so damn much you guys bring it up in almost any sci/fi vampire related title. Just let it go we know it sucks. As for this Ill pass, I personally think Bekmambetov is waaay overrated. Totally hated wanted and just feel like hes a shallow director. That is a sick Witch hunter pic though, used to waste my hours away in that game.
Cody w on Mar 16, 2010
when u guys metioned witch hunters i was kinda hoping it was warhammer 40k related but i agree with #2 wanted sucked
rfjr on Mar 16, 2010
I'll watch it. Would be good if he finished the Night Watch series, but another movie will have to do. Interestingly with Bekmambetov, he seems to be attached to a film called 'The Red Star', which was the name of a comic, hopefully this will be produced, as the comic was pretty decent: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Red_Star Also, this site loads up weird, You get all the ads at the side, which are pretty flash heavy tbh, but you do not get any of your page content, it takes about 2 refreshes for that to turn up.
Crapola on Mar 16, 2010
So is Summit Entertainment a branch of the Christian Church? First it's the abstinence parable with Twilight, now their focus is on turning one of the church's biggest black eyes, the witch hunts, into an action adventure?
JMoney on Mar 16, 2010
Isnt Nic Cage doing something like this? @4 I agree wish he finish the Night Watch Trilogy
Hale18 on Mar 16, 2010
It's so sad that some exec somewhere clearly thinks the Twilight craze it ALL about the plastic costume section of your party store , and not the its clever re-imagination of Puritan , abstinence values.
My Eyes Say Yeah but my brain says ... I DUNNO! on Mar 16, 2010
#4 Are you using Mozilla firefox? Because if not, you should go download that right now. Read a comment from Alex that others have been having the same problem and Im pretty sure he said its only a big problem with Internet explorer users. Plus Mozilla is just an all around better browser.
Cody w on Mar 16, 2010
I think the idea can work, but my worry is it'll look like Underworld + Van Helsing. Also, you should see Underworld. It's well done, especially for the budget it was on (when you see the reported budget after viewing the movie, its impressive cause the visuals and story were all well done).
dave13 on Mar 16, 2010
van helsing wasnt that bad of a movie,it was pure awesome.if it is gonna be underworld and van helsing like #8 said,well then sounds good
Spider94 on Mar 16, 2010
Let me guess, Sam Worthington will play the lead. ah that would'nt be so bad
Sharlto on Mar 16, 2010
Bekmambetov's a shallow director. Fuck this.
SlashBeast on Mar 18, 2010
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