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Timur Bekmambetov Finally Ramping Up DUSK WATCH!!

Merrick here...
We often receive e-mails (and notice Talkbacks) wondering when, if ever, we'll see the final installment in a trilogy of films begun by Timur Bekmambetov's NIGHT WATCH. DAY WATCH, the middle film in the cycle, released last June in the States. Until now, a few interviews (and a not-particularly-fleshed-out imdb listing) identified thr project as TWILIGHT WATCH. But, little else was known of the film's status. Now comes word that DUSK WATCH (not TWILIGHT WATCH) is in motion. Screen Daily had a brief report about the new Fox International Productions shingle, with a few quotes from FIP president Sanford Panitch.
Russia's Timur Bekmambetov is already in pre-production on Dusk Watch the third in his fantasy trilogy and will also produce an effects-driven movie for Fox which Panitch describes as "Independence Day in Moscow."
...says the article, which you can access HERE.

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  • May 19, 2008, 8:20 a.m. CST


    by Sailor Rip

    I'm just sayin is all.

  • May 19, 2008, 8:26 a.m. CST

    I look forward to it.

    by Napolean Solo

    I liked the second one better. Hopefully the third will be nuts!

  • May 19, 2008, 8:27 a.m. CST

    it's in russian right?

    by Holodigm

    i heard a rumor a long time ago it'd be in english, and that's just lame

  • May 19, 2008, 8:27 a.m. CST

    When do we get Noon Watch?

    by Knuckleduster

    That wasn't really funny, was it?

  • May 19, 2008, 8:28 a.m. CST


    by Napolean Solo


  • May 19, 2008, 8:30 a.m. CST

    Napoleon Solo

    by Knuckleduster

    My ego needed that.

  • May 19, 2008, 8:32 a.m. CST

    It Will be Interesting to See if...

    by YakMalla

    Bekmambetov can keep up the emotional intensity that was the hallmark of "Night". "Day" was somewhat of a disappointment on that level, but the performance of the two leads (Mikur and Iska? Not sure on the spelling) more than made up for this. I should probably add that I've never heard of these movies.

  • May 19, 2008, 8:39 a.m. CST

    I liked the "Noon Watch" joke, Knuckleduster.

    by tonagan

    "Dusk Watch" sounds kind of goofy. It probably sounds better in Russian.

  • May 19, 2008, 8:42 a.m. CST

    I'm just saying

    by frongbak

    Although both Watch movies were visually interesting, didn't the ending of DayWatch essentially nullify everything that happened in the 2 films? It felt like a bunch of foreplay with no payoff, hopefully Dusk Watch will be better, and hopefully "Dusk Watch" sounds cooler in Russian.

  • May 19, 2008, 8:43 a.m. CST

    Yeah, what Tonagan said.

    by frongbak

  • May 19, 2008, 8:51 a.m. CST

    I actually have the first two movies but have never watched them

    by Hawaiian Organ Donor

    Is it time for me to finally take the plastic off?

  • May 19, 2008, 9:02 a.m. CST

    Damn You Michael Bay


    Damn You Michael Bay

  • May 19, 2008, 9:05 a.m. CST

    This guy is one derivative director.

    by knowthyself

    He just takes what he thinks is cool about dumb American movies and puts it in his Russian movie. Night Watch is truly a big CGI infested mess. Day Watch is better but not that much better. Its bloated, soul less, and to think that foreign cinema aspired to be like Hollywood is just disgusting. "Hey we can make big budget garbage too" You sure can Russia. You sure can.

  • May 19, 2008, 9:07 a.m. CST

    by the way

    more of this shit? Why don't 'they' give him "Where the Wild Things Are" to reshoot so Spike can get on with something else. Jesus Christ, I wish I was the king Jew of Hollywood so I could fix things.

  • May 19, 2008, 9:12 a.m. CST

    I dunno HOD

    by Stalkeye

    I couldn't sit through either of them. It was more flash than substance not to mention how slow and dull the pacing was.Love the effects, but that's pretty much it, it's out there but needed some serious tweaking.Unless you're not planning to sell the DVDs, I suggest you watch the first 20 minutes and see if it grabs your attention or not.Just that it did nothing for me.<p>Finally watched a bittersweet life and I hope Tartan releases this stateside, great performance by Lee Byung, whose image was used in the Capcom Videogame Lost Planet and is now playing the part of Storm Shadow in the GI Joe movie. (Not having my hopes for that one.)I figured he would be cast for Sulu in the new Star Trek movie especially since there is a resemblance to Takei.

  • May 19, 2008, 9:20 a.m. CST

    So is it in Russian or not?

    by Series7

    Also I think Twilight Watch sounds better, but I guess Dusk fits in with it. Has anyone read the books? <P> Also if this is made in Russian it won't fucking matter here, because they may as well just call it a DTV movie, since Searchlight has its head up its asses with the promotion of the first too movies. <P> Also whats the deal with Trilogies now a days? Can't anyone make a movie that goes beyond three movies? Or is it just immpossible to keep the Audience interested that long? OR do we have to wait 10+ years for anything new (Die Hard/Rambo/Indy). Whatever I can't wait for this movie, I need to go and re-watch Daywatch, that ending was bat shit crazy.

  • May 19, 2008, 9:54 a.m. CST

    by huggerorange

    didnt like any of the 'watches they feel cheesy and dated..80's dated. Is that the intention or the way theyre supposed to be?

  • May 19, 2008, 9:58 a.m. CST

    More like "Always Checking Your Watch"

    by geraldbeans

    to see if the damn thing is over yet. If I ever have to sit through 20 minutes of exposition on chalk again - please kill me.

  • May 19, 2008, 10:05 a.m. CST


    by huggerorange kind of nailed it there, but Alot of American movies are bloated and souless..I can name hundreds of them(with bigger budgets).The bitch driving that car around on the sides of the buildings in Daywatch reminded me of Ultraviolet,lol. I dont have high hopes for "Wanted" either. It looks like UltraViolet part 2...curve ball bullets?? ..shelly...cOmE oN!! ..

  • May 19, 2008, 10:15 a.m. CST


    by eggart

    I've had it.

  • May 19, 2008, 10:30 a.m. CST

    could give not more of a shit!


    whens he doing ShiteWatch?

  • May 19, 2008, 10:39 a.m. CST

    NIght Watch At The Museum

    by Cletus Van Damme

    Not on MY watch!

  • May 19, 2008, 11:09 a.m. CST

    The ten minutes of "wanted" I saw at NY Comic Con

    by knowthyself

    Led me to believe that Wanted is just like Night and Day watch. I'd avoid it in theaters.

  • May 19, 2008, 11:21 a.m. CST


    by Knuckleduster

    Lee Byung Hun is playing Storm Shadow? How did I not know this? That alone is reason to watch G.I. Joe. I fuckin love that guy. Great actor. Such an interesting face (am I sounding gay?).<p> Anyhoo, chech out Park Chan-Wook's short film "Cut". He's in that too.

  • May 19, 2008, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Tea Time Watch

    by The 6th Conchord

    Who cares? The first one was unusual and refreshingly different, but the sequel was bloated and confusing.

  • May 19, 2008, 11:34 a.m. CST

    Series 7

    by Tenebre

    Yes, I've read the books, and they're worth your attention if you haven't. The third book is called "Twilightwatch". That's where everyone has been getting that title from. Doesn't matter tho, cause the first two movies only covered the first 2/3 of the first book anyway.

  • May 19, 2008, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Wanted's Millar featurette looks bloody good

    by pipergates

    In a bloody violent way, heads exploding and all. The more i see of the film the cooler it looks. McAvoy is looking very comfy in the role. Millar looks very happy with the adaptation. I just miss the more superhero-look of the comic, and hope some of those fantastic over-the-top characters make it into the film.

  • May 19, 2008, 12:23 p.m. CST

    the 3rd film should have been the 3rd part of the 1st book

    by BitterMan23

    the reason the first movie was so good is because they only covered the first 3rd of the book. but for the movie day watch, they combined the 2nd and 3rd parts, and the results weren't as successful, IMO. I just wonder if the 3rd film will be based on the book Day Watch (book 2), or the book Twilight Watch (book 3). So goddamn confusing...

  • May 19, 2008, 12:26 p.m. CST

    Didn't like Night...

    by turketron

    And haven't mustered up the effort to watch Day Watch. The trailer for Night Watch was really cool, as was the one for Day Watch, though.

  • May 19, 2008, 12:55 p.m. CST

    Brunch Watch in 2010

    by epitone

    Followed by Tea Watch and Late Night Milkshake Watch.

  • May 19, 2008, 1:04 p.m. CST

    Loved Night Watch, Day Watch was better than average...

    by binary

    But after the ending in Day Watch, I'm not really sure where they can take the story that'll make sense.

  • May 19, 2008, 1:07 p.m. CST


    by Hawaiian Organ Donor

    Glad you liked A Bittersweet Life. I'm happy to have watched the region 3 version but I think American audiences deserve to be introduced to it's awesomeness. I've always wondered who decides which ones to distribute and which not to. I mean, how does Dragon Tiger gate get a N.A. release but this doesn't? Makes no sense.

  • May 19, 2008, 1:51 p.m. CST

    Ho Hum...

    by Pawprint

    The books? Some of the best fiction I have read in years. The films? Promised so much, delivered so little. Pale imitations - style over substance, and why the pointless plot changes; both minor and major?

  • May 19, 2008, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Knuckleduster & Hawaiian Organ Donor

    by Stalkeye

    Yeah, as much as I'm disapointed in the casting and wardrobe of the GI Joe movie, I think Byung is a good choice for the role of Storm Shadow. If not (Dae woo Kim of Lost)Lee deserves Major arts in Hollywood as the guy can speak English so hould the Joe movie be of any uccess, hopefully he'll get more recognition from the Westerners. I'll check out Cut, but first I have to get through Shiri and maybe JSA (Both starring Lee)before anything.<p>Actually HOD, I kinda liked Dragon Tiger Gate, moslty due to the fight scenes and of course my boy Donnie. But the story dragged and needed a rewrite if you ask me.<p>A Bittersweet life is a classic no doubt and matches fine when compared to Park chan wook's Revenge trilogy.Almost lie a spiritual succesor IMHO and the ending can be interpeted in two different ways. I'm sure to add this to my collection if it gets here Stateside.What's funny is I managed to snag Invisible Target, but not in it's native language (the audio is Spanish)and had to add english subtitles.So fr it looks worth the effort digging for this.As always,great suggestions!!

  • May 19, 2008, 3:25 p.m. CST

    Timur, don't think we forgave you for Irony of Fate 2, you sonuv

    by Proman1984

    Way to ruin one of the best movies ever. It was not a sequel, it was crap. Asswipe.

  • May 19, 2008, 3:34 p.m. CST

    Really enjoy the first two

    by AlwaysThere

    I should have watched Night Watch before Day Watch though. I was completely lost having only watch Day before Night, though I was still highly excited by the characters and visual style.

  • May 19, 2008, 3:59 p.m. CST

    No Watch.

    by Clarence Bodiker

    Did not enjoy either. Is Timur getting kickbacks from the vodka companies? Because these films made me want to drink lots of it.

  • May 19, 2008, 4:08 p.m. CST

    steaming pile of shite

    by Mr_P

    enjoyed Nightwatch but watching Daywatch now and it feels like its been on for days and it will never end. Why do I force myself to stick with movies until the end especially ones that suck as bad as this. Wanted it to be good too. But it is beyond shite!!

  • May 19, 2008, 5:35 p.m. CST

    Day Watch had some brilliant ideas (as well as

    by CreasyBear

    some blatant Matrix rip-offs), but please tell me that Dusk Watch will have a different, and more artfully slash-happy, editor. I'm not Russian, but I'm pretty sure that the convoluted story structure in Day Watch was more than just a cultural thing that I couldn't "get".

  • May 19, 2008, 7:26 p.m. CST

    by Chaotic Blue

    The books were phenomenally better--As mentioned above, the first movie was the first third of the first book, although the ending was so incredibly skewed by the end that the second movie was devoted to skewing it BACK. How badly was it changed? In the books, Yegor isn't Anton's son, and in fact isn't all that important; he's just played up by the Night Watch so that they miss the real prize in Svetlana, who is given a crash course in magic through the rest of the book so that she can use the chalk at the end (and only an extremely powerful Light Sorceress can use it), and even then THAT's a fakeout to distract the Day Watch so Olga can use it, just so Sveta has a shot at giving birth to something like the next Messiah. I can't do the books justice, but suffice it to say that what I read of the movie plot of Day Watch crippled any interest I had in seeing it.

  • May 19, 2008, 7:36 p.m. CST

    Good Movies, Great Books

    by Topher4801

    I watched the first two movies because a friend loved the books. I watched both movies and like them both. A month or so ago I started reading the books. I'm half way through the second book, Day Watch, but when I was reading Night Watch I kept thinking to myself "Is this the same book as the movie??" It was just hard for me to match the two up, there was only one scene I read that I could remember in the movie. I'm still really enjoying the books, but it's like they're made of up short stories and the movies just take a little bit of the book and turn it into the movie. Once I'm done reading Day Watch I'm going to watch the movies again.

  • May 19, 2008, 10:19 p.m. CST

    I hope wanted is good.

    by #1 Zero

  • May 19, 2008, 10:23 p.m. CST

    Wanted continued.

    by #1 Zero

    As I was saying, I hope wanted is good. I enjoyed the comic and it will be drastically different than that. Creative Screenwriting mag interviewed the wanted writers, and they basically said they got the job after only the first issue of wanted. Similar to how there's a movie deal for Millar's "Kick ass" after only two issues. Anyway, they said they couldn't have a character like the comic book wesley because the general audience wouldn't watch a movie about a guy who rapes the biggest movie star on the planet just becuase and shoots up a police station becuase he can. So I have hopes the direction they go will be entertaining, but so far the previews haven't shown me anything incredibly original. Just rehashed matrix effects.

  • May 20, 2008, 1:17 a.m. CST


    by BiggusDickus

    Does anybody else want to take this tiresome little one-trick pony outside and give him a good shoeing?

  • May 20, 2008, 1:24 a.m. CST

    Teatime Watch...

    by BiggusDickus

    Let's all just stop fighting and have a gin & tonic. With some cheesy nibbles. Marvellous.

  • May 20, 2008, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Shouldn't it be called 'Dawn Watch'?

    by Johnno

    Anyway the first two flicks were interesting in a weird kind of way. I liked Nightwatch better than Day Watch, but anyway I'm down for checking this out...

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