You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘Watch’ man at Rogue

Bekmambetov to Focus on English-language pics

Rogue Pictures has inked a first-look deal with Russian writer-director Timur Bekmambetov, who will develop English-language films for Focus Features’ genre unit.

Having bowed on New Year’s day, Bekmambetov’s “Day Watch” — the second film in his horror trilogy — is the highest-grossing pic ever released in Russia. The first film, “Night Watch,” also broke box office records and will be released in the U.S. next month by Fox Searchlight after a strong European run.

“We want to be filmmaker driven, because there are a lot of people in this genre space right now. Our deal with Bekmambetov will help us define who we are as a company,” said Rogue prexy of production Andrew Rona, who announced the deal with Rogue prexy David Linde.

Under the one-year pact, which is likely to be extended, Bekmambetov will develop projects to write and direct for Rogue.

Bekmambetov also is developing “Wanted” at Universal Pictures, parent studio of Focus Features/Rogue.

He and Tim Burton are producing, with Jim Lemley and Dana Ginsberg, Focus’ first animated feature, the fantasy epic “9,” from director Shane Acker.

Twentieth Century Fox has an option to develop and finance “Dusk Watch,” Bekmambetov’s planned third film in the “Night Watch” trilogy, as an English-language film.

More Film

  • Strictly Business Podcast: Byron Allen Expands

    Strictly Business Podcast: Byron Allen Expands in TV and Film, Fights for 'Economic Inclusion'

    Rogue Pictures has inked a first-look deal with Russian writer-director Timur Bekmambetov, who will develop English-language films for Focus Features’ genre unit. Having bowed on New Year’s day, Bekmambetov’s “Day Watch” — the second film in his horror trilogy — is the highest-grossing pic ever released in Russia. The first film, “Night Watch,” also broke […]

  • Common, Lena Waithe

    Common, Lena Waithe Join AT&T Hello Lab's Filmmaker-Mentoring Program in Second Year

    Rogue Pictures has inked a first-look deal with Russian writer-director Timur Bekmambetov, who will develop English-language films for Focus Features’ genre unit. Having bowed on New Year’s day, Bekmambetov’s “Day Watch” — the second film in his horror trilogy — is the highest-grossing pic ever released in Russia. The first film, “Night Watch,” also broke […]

  • Sony Takes Premium Film1 Movies Service

    Sony Takes Premium Film1 Movies Service Direct To Consumer

    Rogue Pictures has inked a first-look deal with Russian writer-director Timur Bekmambetov, who will develop English-language films for Focus Features’ genre unit. Having bowed on New Year’s day, Bekmambetov’s “Day Watch” — the second film in his horror trilogy — is the highest-grossing pic ever released in Russia. The first film, “Night Watch,” also broke […]

  • Tim Robbins to Be Feted at

    Tim Robbins to Be Feted at Karlovy Vary Film Festival

    Rogue Pictures has inked a first-look deal with Russian writer-director Timur Bekmambetov, who will develop English-language films for Focus Features’ genre unit. Having bowed on New Year’s day, Bekmambetov’s “Day Watch” — the second film in his horror trilogy — is the highest-grossing pic ever released in Russia. The first film, “Night Watch,” also broke […]

  • BAFTA Details Diversity Requirements for 2019

    BAFTA Details Diversity Requirements for 2019 Film Awards

    Rogue Pictures has inked a first-look deal with Russian writer-director Timur Bekmambetov, who will develop English-language films for Focus Features’ genre unit. Having bowed on New Year’s day, Bekmambetov’s “Day Watch” — the second film in his horror trilogy — is the highest-grossing pic ever released in Russia. The first film, “Night Watch,” also broke […]

  • Wang Zhongjun Chinese movie mogul and

    Huayi Bros.’ Dennis Wang Makes Reassurances, Promises Stock Purchases

    Rogue Pictures has inked a first-look deal with Russian writer-director Timur Bekmambetov, who will develop English-language films for Focus Features’ genre unit. Having bowed on New Year’s day, Bekmambetov’s “Day Watch” — the second film in his horror trilogy — is the highest-grossing pic ever released in Russia. The first film, “Night Watch,” also broke […]

  • Tiffany Haddish

    MTV Movie and TV Awards: 10 Standout Moments

    Rogue Pictures has inked a first-look deal with Russian writer-director Timur Bekmambetov, who will develop English-language films for Focus Features’ genre unit. Having bowed on New Year’s day, Bekmambetov’s “Day Watch” — the second film in his horror trilogy — is the highest-grossing pic ever released in Russia. The first film, “Night Watch,” also broke […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content