Russian Blockbuster 'Nightwatch' Coming Soon

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    Blood, action and suspense helped "Night Watch" rake in 7 million pounds in the three weeks after it was released on July 8, almost as much as the last "Lord of the Rings" film made in two months in Russia.

    The previous best-performing Russian film made 1.6 million pounds. Timur Bekmambetov's "Night Watch" (Nochnoi Dozor) is going international. In a move unprecedented for the Russian film industry.

    Bekmambetov says the film -- the first part of a trilogy based on books by Sergei Lukyanenko -- has benefited from a revolution in the film market, which suffered from a loss of state funds after the collapse of Communism.

    The film pitches good against evil, features vampires and stars some of Russia's top actors.

    That is what sets his film apart (from other Russian films), he says. The special effects compare with those in Hollywood blockbusters such as "The Matrix", "Lord of the Rings" and "Harry Potter" and, like those films, has broad popular appeal.

    According to Variety, Fox just outbid among others Dimension Films to buy distribution rights of the Russian blockbuster The Night Watch (Nochnoi Dozor), its sequel The Day Watch, and is going to co-produce the third part The Dusk Watch. Fox won out in a deal estimated by Variety at around $2 million for each of the first two films. Among those brokering the deal was Michael Schlicht, whose company Gemini Film International distributed "Night Watch" locally, and also releases 20th Century Fox films in Russia.

    "The premise/ mythos of the movie is simple - there are powerful Dark (evil - vampires and things like that) and Light (good - wizards and such) forces in the world, we humans are as always simply the food or the collateral damage. But in this movie there is no all-out war between the Dark and the Light, because both figured out that once one of the sides is winning all sorts of calamities ensue - wars, plagues, revolutions. So the word of the day is balance and coexistence, thus the Night Watch, made up from both the Dark and the Light ones, to police the world, to look for vampires who got over their quota in blood supplies, or for wizards going too heavy on wizarding."

    "The film is quite gory, the blood is splattering, body parts are a-flying, heads get smashed, - well, all the attributes of a good carnage.

    The crunchtime for the project will come with preparation for "Dusk Watch." While the action of the first two films unfolds in contemporary Moscow, this third film will be set in the 14th century, during the reign of Tamerlane, the Mongol warrior born near Samarkand. At the same time as taking Bekmambetov back to his Central Asian roots (the director was born and grew up in the region), the project will also propel him onto a new level -- and the challenges of making an English-language work for Hollywood look considerable. Many in the Russian industry will be holding their breath for his success.


    This is a preview trailer that is a few minutes long and fairly impressive.
    http://www-download.1tv.ru/sales/chor_34.asf

    Sources and more detail:
    http://www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=reutersEdgeNews&storyID=561542&section=news

    http://www.aint-it-cool-news.com/display.cgi?id=18201

    http://www.context.themoscowtimes.com/story/135766/
     
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    A new American trailer is out for this movie. It is much more impressive than the previous russian trailer. It releases July 29.

    http://www.apple.com/trailers/fox_searchlight/night_watch/

    It is possible that this russian trailer to the sequel (Daywatch) has spoilers but since it is in russian all I get from it that I recognize a few characters.

    http://www.kino-govno.com/trailers/nochnojdozor2/nohnojdozor2_teaser.avi

    links from darkhorizons

    Official Site here:
    http://www2.foxsearchlight.com/nwnd/