MOSCOW — Russia’s premier producer Sergei Selyanov is looking east for historic epic “Mongol, Part 1” about Genghis Khan. Pic is to be helmed by Sergei Bodrov (“Prisoner of the Mountains”).
Pair will co-produce the $10 million to $12 million saga through Selyanov’s CTB shingle, along with Hong Kong’s Philip Lee (“Hero,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”), Russia’s Anton Melnik and Kazakhstan’s Bulat Galimgereyev. Final agreements are believed to have been struck at the Berlin Film Festival last month.
“Mongol” reunites Arizona-based Bodrov with his “Prisoner of the Mountains” co-scripter, Arif Aliyev.
Pic will be in Russian, Mongolian, Cantonese, Kazakh and Tatar lingoes.
Shooting begins in June in Kazakhstan, where Bodrov recently completed work on “Nomad” for a May 2006 delivery date. Pic will be distribbed by Nashe Kino Film Group.
Channing Tatum (“Coach Carter”) will play the young Genghis Khan, with Tadanobu Asano (“Zatoichi,” “Taboo”) as Jamukha, his brother.
Tech skills will be largely European, reflecting a production financed by CTB, Russian film outfit Andreevsky Flag and Germany’s Kinofabrika.
CTB is in post-production on Vera Svechina’s “Last Train From Roppongi Station,” about a Russian geisha. Pic is a co-production with Japan’s Uplink.