Timur Bekmambetov to Direct 'Heatseekers' for Producer Michael Bay
by Ben Pearson
January 15, 2013
This could be a match made in action movie heaven. THR reports that Wanted and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter director Timur Bekmambetov has signed on to direct Heatseekers, a new action film being produced by Michael Bay and Andrew Fuller from Platinum Dunes and Fast and Furious producer/writer Chris Morgan. That's a lot of big names. Paramount Pictures acquired a spec script written by George Mahaffey in 2010, but rising scribe F. Scott Frazer (who only has the John Cusack thriller called The Numbers Station to his name) has just been hired to rewrite it before production begins.
The story details are being kept secret for now, but THR says the plot surrounds "an ex-military pilot who takes on a group of aerial pirates." I don't know about you, but that description immediately conjures images of Stealth in my head. But action fans can take heart that even if Heatseekers' story isn't quite up to snuff, the combination of Bekmambetov, Bay, and the action sensibilities of Chris Morgan should result in something that, at the very least, will give us some high flying fun that we've never seen before. The Russian director is well-known for his visual flair, so taking to the skies should give him a whole new visual space to experiment and go crazy. We'll remain skeptical until we see a trailer, but this should at least look amazing.
when i saw Nightwatch / Daywatch for the first time, i thought Bekmambetov was pretty wild, but a visual genius and a real talent. then i saw his subsequent films and thought that he would benefit from someone helping him to focus his creativity so that all the wonderful eye candy makes a degree of narrative sense. i am somewhat unconvinced that Michael Bay is that man.
son_et_lumiere on Jan 15, 2013
Couldn't have said it better Son_et_lumiere, Nightwatch was a mindblower.
Carpola on Jan 15, 2013
The only "aerial pirates" i remember are the ones in Laputa and Porco Rosso.
dreckent on Jan 15, 2013
There's some in Stardust too. When they making the Laputa movie, that's what I want to know!
Carpola on Jan 16, 2013
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