RUSSIAN NIGHT WATCH SINKS TEETH
Variety and a couple of other sources have reported on a new Russian genre film called NIGHT WATCH that has set box-office records in its home country, but those items have described it as a science-fiction actioner. Now a *Variety* review reveals that the movie is actually a horror adventure about the war between supernatural factions on Earth: the Night Watch, humans with occult abilities who maintain order, and the Dark Others, a group of power-hungry vampires. Directed by Timur Bekmambetov from a script by him and Sergei Lukyanenko, based on the latter?s novel, the $4-million, CGI-packed NIGHT WATCH (unrelated to Ole Bornedal?s similarly titled Danish chiller and American remake) has grossed a record-breaking $15 million in Russia alone, outdoing LORD OF THE RINGS. It has been acquired for U.S. release by Fox Searchlight, which plans a fall debut. Its parent company 20th Century Fox plans an English-language remake (natch); meanwhile, DAY WATCH, the second Russian entry in what is planned as a trilogy, is nearing completion.
Courtesy of Fangoria