Check Out Our New Look

Fox Adds ‘Mohican’ To Its Russian Slate

By | Tuesday August 24, 2010 @ 12:21am PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Fox International Productions is developing another project with actor-turned-filmmaker Yuri Kolokolnikov. Irokez, which translates as “Mohican”, is a $10 million period comedy written by Yaroslav Chevazhevsky (Kuka), who is already making Victory Day for FIP. Victory Day is a Harold and Maude-style road comedy about a Russian teenager on a road trip with his Babushka grandmother to the famous Red Square May parade. Pushkin hopes to begin shooting next year in Moscow.

FIP is also developing a Russian-language remake of Working Girl, the 80s comedy which starred Melanie Griffith as a secretary who rises through the ranks of corporate Manhattan, and Tony Scott’s action movie Man On Fire, which starred Denzel Washington. Rezo Gegenieshvil, who’s Heat (Zhara) remains one of Russia’s highest-grossing local films, is directing this Russian Working Girl remake. Currently shooting is We Are Family, a comedy about a hapless manager desperate to impress his fiancée, produced and directed by Renat Davietiarov, creator of the hit Love As a Carrot franchise. FIP is in post-production on Love As a Carrot 3, the third instalment of Davietiarov’s comedy series. Fortissimo is handling international sales on FIP’s road action thriller Alien Girl.

Russia has shaken up its film funding system. Instead of funding movies on a film-by-film basis, it has ring-fenced $68 million for eight established producers including Timur Bekmambetov’s Bazelevs (Night Watch), Nikita Mikhalkov’s Tri-Te (Burnt By the Sun 2) and Fyodor Bandachook’s Art Pictures. The plan is for each … Read More »

Comments (4)

Timur Bekmambetov Taps Michele Wolkoff To Run Production Shingle

Mike Fleming

Michele Wolkoff is leaving her post as director of development for Universal Pictures International to become president of development for Timur Bekmambetov’s Bekmambetov Projects Ltd. She starts next month.

Wolkoff’s emphasis will be to build the output of Bekmambetov’s English language productions. He’s also a prolific producer of Russian lingo films. She will oversee development of projects that include an adaptation of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, the Seth-Grahame Smith novel that could be Timur’s next directing project and first since Wanted. Bekmanbetov is producing that with Tim Burton and Jim Lemley and it hasn’t yet been set at a studio. She will also be liason for The Darkest Hour, the New Regency thriller that is currently underway in Russia.

Wolkoff met Bekmambetov at Universal, where she oversaw production of projects in Latin America, Australia, Asia and Russia. Bekmambetov has been the catalyst for films in the latter territory, and she oversaw that partnership between his company and Universal. Wolkoff shepherded the hit Black Lightning, which has grossed  over $20 million in Russia. An English language remake is planned.  She started at the studio as Stacey Snider’s assistant and was brought over to international by David Linde.

“Timur has an amazing facility in Russia, and we want to be able to increase the English language slate to two or three films per year,” she told me.

Comments (15)