Now that he's wrapped Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, which you can currently catch in cinemas across the US, the UK and much of the world, Timur Bekmembetov's attention can return to a handful of oft-discussed ongoing projects. One of these is the sequel to Wanted, that he intends to direct, and another is an original sci-fi project that he's producing for director Gareth Edwards, creator of the rather beautiful Monsters.
Until now, most details of that project have been under wraps, but speaking with Timur recently, I asked him a few questions about the film, and he blessed me with some very interesting answers.
For one thing, the film now has a title. It's going to be called Forever. The story line takes place in a (largely) post-human future, populated with robots. There will be some human characters, however, including a young boy who, I understand, is one of the two leads. It seems likely to me that the title will refer to the immortal lifespan of the robots, or perhaps the incomprehensible nature of death. It's an evocative title to mix with these characters, anyhow.
Timur says the project is progressing nicely:
It's happening. He shot a test film, and we now have to wait until the script is in place. Gareth is meeting with the writer to polish the script. The writer is Dante Harper.
Harper is a rather busy screenwriter with a taste for sci-fi. He adapted the Japanese novel All You Need Is Kill into a screenplay that reportedly sold for $3 million, and is working on a movie version of Isaac Asimov's Foundation. We've yet to see any of his writing work on the big screen, though our first chance, I believe, will be when Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters is released in the spring.
So, somewhere out there is a short test piece showing how Gareth Edwards wants to realise his robot future. I know I'd love to see that.
It's unclear if Forever will be next for Edwards, or if he'll first get to work on his Godzilla remake. Either way, this one seems like a passion project for him and I'm sure we'll be seeing it sooner or later.