Timur Bekmambetov, who directed Wanted (a movie I initially loved but loses a great deal of luster over time) and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Slayer (a movie I regret even hearing about) has been busy. Sort of. In between producing several Russian films and, uh, other things, he’s also working on some ideas. And one of them has intrigued some muckety mucks, and it’s going to be made into a full-length picture.
I admit, I admire the simplicity of it. The project isn’t filming yet, nor is there even a director attached. But it’s happening. The synopsis is aces:
When a young man’s estranged father is killed under suspicious circumstances, he returns home for the first time in years to get to the bottom of the mystery. Hoping to uncover some logical explanation, he instead finds his mom’s sleazy new boyfriend, a natural gas company buying up the town, an angry female sheriff who happens to be his ex-girlfriend, and an army of flesh-eating squirrels hellbent on destroying everything in their path due to an erosion of their food chain as a result of environmental destruction by the gas company.
That… that’s a lot to process.
The press release that initially announced the project back in May is even more beautiful. Here are some of the juicier parts:
“I am very appreciative of the opportunity to sell a Timur Bekmambetov produced film this year. Timur is a tremendous creative talent, and it’s going to be a lot of fun for everyone involved, especially for the buyers, to be a part of this exciting project,” said Red Sea Media CEO Roman Kopelevich.
“Squirrels, like people, can seem very cute—until they get hungry!” said Bekmambetov.
The production is currently setting a director, with an A-list cast expected to sign shortly.
A-list, you say? I can hardly wait.
Anyway, there is no actual trailer. But there is a promo clip. It’s perfect.
Guys? This is my new everything.