Posted on Tuesday, January 15th, 2013 by Angie Han
Timur Bekmambetov is going from vampire-slaying world leaders to pirate-hunting pilots. The Russian filmmaker has just signed on for Heatseekers, an original action project set up at Paramount with Michael Bay producing. Bekmambetov and Bay are also joined by F. Scott Frazier, who’s just been tapped to write a script based on George Mahaffey‘s spec script. Hit the jump to keep reading.
Heatseekers has been in development since 2010, when Paramount picked up Mahaffey’s spec in a six-figure deal. The latest plot description leaves things vague — THR says only that it’s about “an ex-military pilot who takes on a group of aerial pirates.” The synopsis we heard a couple of years ago sounded like something in the vein of Point Break or The Fast and the Furious, with the pilot infilitrating the group and joining them in a daring heist, but we don’t know what details have changed since then.
Whatever the plot, Heatseekers has some major blockbuster pedigree. The project is being produced by Bay, Brad Fuller, and Andrew Form through their Platinum Dunes banner. Fast Five and Wanted writer Chris Morgan is also on board as a producer. Based on their combined credits, it seems safe to expect something big, splashy, and not overly serious from Heatseekers.
Bekmambetov made his name as a stylish action director in his native country before crossing over into the U.S. with Wanted. Although Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter disappointed at the U.S. box office, it fared somewhat better abroad. As of last year, he was circling the Thomas Edison-based spec The Current War, and an action-oriented version of Moby Dick. Of course, that was before Abraham Lincoln failed to meet expectations for Fox.
Heatseekers is one of a number of projects for Frazier, who’s also been working on Universal’s Day One, MGM’s Metro 2033, and Warner Bros.’ Line of Sight. The last of those landed him a spot on the 2011 Black List.