Concrete is one of the largest film companies in the world Universal Pictures has signed an agreement with Russian Director Timur Bekmambetov. According to the contract, the Studio will release five films, produced by Bekmambetov format screenlife – that is, when the film takes place entirely on computer screens or smart phone. Bekmambetov times recently talked about the fact that he was preparing a major international contract, but what the Studio didn’t disclose.
Note that Universal has a longstanding partnership with Timur Bekmambetov. The Studio has released his directorial debut in the Hollywood Thriller “wanted” (2008) with Angelina Jolie and Morgan Freeman in the lead roles. Universal also invested in the production of its first screenlife film “unfriended” (2015).
“Original storytelling and technological creativity in Timur Bekmambetov’s Bazelevs and the team make it screenlife movies truly relevant and organic. We look forward to continued successful partnership,” – says the Chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group Donna Langley.
Recall that Bekmambetov is one of the main promoters of the format screenlife, which is now not a good situation was used by many filmmakers, and stood at its origins. The first project Bekmambetov horror “unfriended” (2015) has collected in world hire about 65 million dollars with a budget of 1 million and is among the twenty most profitable paintings in the history of American cinema. The film “the Search” (2018) with the American actor John Cho starring in a comparable budget collected $ 75 million. Screenlife-pictures Bekmambetov was not only a commercial success but also received awards at international film festivals. In 2018, the audience award of the Berlinale and SXSW was awarded the political Thriller “Profile”.
At the moment, the production company of Timur Bekmambetov working on the production of multiple prints in the format of screenlife in different genres: sequel Thriller “the Search”, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s play, “Romeo and Juliet” and a variation on the theme of the novel of Herbert wells “war of the worlds”. About it repeatedly wrote “RG” the Director told the details of our columnist in a recent video interview.
“Thanks to a deal with Universal we want to prove that screenlife is a universal format that is suitable for work in different genres: from thrillers to romantic comedies and fantastic fighters,” – says Timur Bekmambetov.
it is Curious that the Director is planning further expansion screenlife – and not just in the movies. The release of his Studio dedicated deal of emphasis on the fact that last year the production team Bekmambetov has produced a series about the zombie Apocalypse Dead of Night – for viewing on the smartphone app Snapchat. The project has collected over 14 million views �� the first month of release. It also States that in 2016 Bekmambetov founded a technology startup Screenlife Limited. He has been developing products based on neural networks and artificial intelligence for mass production screenlife content. In this strategy, in 2019 startup Bekmambetov has signed a strategic agreement with Microsoft to use the solutions of a technological giant in the products to create screenlife content.
“Today, our technology products successfully introduced not only in the movie, making the production screenlife projects simple and affordable to the widest range of users, but also in other sectors: media, e-commerce, edutech, fintech and others,” says Bekmambetov.
the publication Deadline Hollywood, publishing information about the transaction, leading Bekmambetov plans in regard to these five paintings – the Director and the producer gave for the resource exclusive interview. “This is a very good deal. I know they do not know, – he said. – We agreed that it would be five movies Screenlife in different genres, and of course, I will discuss with them the cast and Directors, but they trust me. Because each film Screenlife, which we did, was successful. In different ways-some successes creative, some commercial, because it’s a new language. We know that among these five films will be romantic comedies, sci-Fi, terrible, fantastic and detective stories, such as “Search”. They will be very relevant for an audience that completely understands the language, because that is how we live.”