Universal Remaking Russian Flying Car Movie Black Lightning

June 30, 2010

Black Lightning

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!

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Awesome. Well, i at least want to see the original Russian version if any. I think that if Timur has any say in a remake, it will be good.

Phi;l on Jun 30, 2010


Why cant they just add English voice overs, it may be a lil out of sync but that doesn't make it worth remaking the damn thing. I'd like to see the original even if it requires reading, but jesus Hollywood's getting out of hand, slow down fuckers, quit doing all that coke.

Jimmy Love on Jun 30, 2010


they did. its in the setup menu of the DVD, but i think it would be a hit in the Americas if they did do a remake.

Joe Studer on Jul 23, 2011


I must be too jaded, didn't look like anything I hadn't seen before.

Nada Nuff on Jun 30, 2010


where can this movie be purchased?

Brian Barajas on Jun 30, 2010


Russian version of the film is really awful. It's just stolen episodes from the other marvel movies but worse and much more stupid. This movie needs a new screenplay and director, may be Timur, because he didn't shoot this movie, he just produce it in Russia.

Artem on Jun 30, 2010


I've seen the russian version and I loved it. Of course, if you go looking for an original screenplay you won't find it as the movie's full of clichés, but these actually kind of worked for me as I wasn't hoping for much and the movie definitely had it's entertainment value (even though it was sometimes just laughing at the absurdity of the cliché). Now, if somebody took the concept and worked with the script, it could be awesome.

Kaisa on Jul 1, 2010


@artem way to nitpick. what exactly was wrong with the directing? sounds like youre just butthurt because someone used an americanised theme in their movie. the only thing that wasnt any good was the inconsistent bogus storyline. but that can be said for a lot of movies, so it doesnt make this one exceptional in any negative way.

Ben on Aug 21, 2010


the movie was great for me, it shows some russian stereotypes evolving from cliche but with nice story, it has some very witty scenes regarding russian drinking stereotypes. I recommend this movie for anyone who's interested in russia and its history, since it has some very deep metaphors inside, great movie with simple love superman-like story.

Slo-ve-ni-a on Aug 11, 2011


Фильм супер!!! Интересно бы его послушать в английской версии... Жаль, что нет её. This film is worth seeing!!!

Tamara on Mar 16, 2012

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