Timur Bekmambetov

Film director, Producer, Advertisement director
One of the most commercially successful filmmakers in Russian history, writer-director-producer Timur Bekmambetov also managed the herculean feat of conquering the U. S. box office. While earning a solid reputation as a ... Read more »
Born: 06/24/1961 in Soviet Union

Filmography

Producer (13)

Hardcore 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

Unfriended 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

Snezhnaya Koroleva 2. Snezhnyy Korol 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Yolki 1914 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Happy People: A Year in the Taiga 2013 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

Dzentelmeny udachi! 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

Apollo 18 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)

Lucky Trouble 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Darkest Hour 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)

9 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

Black Lightning 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

Irony of Fate: Continuation 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)
Director (12)

Ben-Hur (Remake) 2016 (Movie)

(Director)

Escape From Afghanistan 2014 (Movie)

(Co-Director) (Director)

Yolki 1914 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

Yolki 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

Yolki 2 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

Wanted 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Day Watch 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Irony of Fate: Continuation 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Night Watch 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

The Arena 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Escape from Afganistan 1993 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (5)

Escape From Afghanistan 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Day Watch 2007 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Irony of Fate: Continuation 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Night Watch 2006 (Movie)

(Narration) (Writer)

Escape from Afganistan 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Actor (1)

Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Biography

One of the most commercially successful filmmakers in Russian history, writer-director-producer Timur Bekmambetov also managed the herculean feat of conquering the U. S. box office. While earning a solid reputation as a commercial and music video director, Bekmambetov co-wrote and directed his first feature, "Peshavar Waltz" (1994), a gripping Afghan War drama. Working for Roger Corman, he made his U.S. debut with the direct-to-DVD female gladiator movie "The Arena" (2001), prior to helming his breakout feature, "Night Watch" (2004), a supernatural action-adventure that shattered all existing box-office records in his home country. Picked up by U.S. distributor Fox Searchlight, "Night Watch" quickly spawned an equally successful sequel, "Day Watch" (2006). Bekmambetov's first big-budget Hollywood project was "Wanted" (2008), a violent action adventure starring James McAvoy and Angelina Jolie that established him as one of the more visually interesting directors of action-fantasy material. After a few years of focusing on projects solely as a producer, he returned to the director's chair for the eagerly anticipated history-horror hybrid, "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" (2012). A visionary filmmaker with a firm grasp of the business aspect of the art form, Bekmambetov invigorated well-worn movie tropes with his uniquely eastern aesthetic.

EDUCATION

Tashkent Theatrical and Artistic Institute

1987

Milestones

2012

Directed and produced the genre mash-up "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," based on the novel by Seth Grahame-Smith

2009

Produced the animated sci-fi film "9"

2008

Made Hollywood debut with the action film "Wanted," starring James McAvoy and Angelina Jolie

2006

Directed "Day Watch," the sequel to his film "Night Watch"

2004

Helmed the film "Night Watch," a popular Russian fantasy film based on the book by Sergey Lukyanenko

2001

Directed the Roger Corman-produced remake of "The Arena"

1999

Produced (also directed) the eight-part miniseries "Our 90s"

1994

Made writing and directing debut with "The Peshwar Waltz"

1992

Co-directed the popular World History advertisements for the Bank Imperial

Worked as a set designer for the Ilkhom Theater and the Uzbekfilm Studio

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