Bio

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 Peshavarsky Vals (1994), but his science fiction franchise that began in 2004 with Night Watch and continued two years later with a sequel, Day Watch (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 Wanted (2008). This apocalyptic adrenaline rush plays out the saga of a spineless hypochondriac (James McAvoy) drawn inexorably into a society of secret assassins.

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Timur Bekmambetov
June 25, 1961 (age 62)
Guryev, Kazakh SSR, USSR

Bio

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 Peshavarsky Vals (1994), but his science fiction franchise that began in 2004 with Night Watch and continued two years later with a sequel, Day Watch (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 Wanted (2008). This apocalyptic adrenaline rush plays out the saga of a spineless hypochondriac (James McAvoy) drawn inexorably into a society of secret assassins.

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