The Hollywood Reporter
From the headline you would think, “What? Dread Central is covering porn now?” But that’s not the case. In fact, while that would be fun if we could get away with it, what we’re really talking about here is an entirely different kind of beast.
According to THR director-producer Timur Bekmambetov’s company Bazelevs has begun shooting a sci-fi action thriller entitled Hardcore starring Sharlto Copley, and it is being advertised as “the world’s first POV action movie.”
“We are the first people in the world who are shooting a POV action adventure film,” says first-time director Ilya Naishuller. “No one has ever done anything like that. We have a very interesting mix. We have wild action, we have lots of stunts that haven’t been done before, and we have a strong story.”
Naishuller got the directing job on the strength of a music video he directed for his indie rock band Biting Elbows. The video for “Bad Motherfucker” (see below), released last March, became a huge hit, generating more than 23 million views in four weeks. The video’s look and style is to be used in the movie, which is being shot with a GoPro camera.
The story is centered on a cyborg created at a secret Moscow laboratory who is trying to find a girl he was in love with in his previous life.
“In line with the title, this will be a very hardcore film, R-rated. It’s going to be an absolutely male film.”
“I saw [Naishuller’s video], and it was amazing; it was a very different approach to action,” Copley told THR. “He’s almost reinventing the action genre for the new generation. We work on a very small budget, but it gives us a level of freedom to try things and to experiment.”
The release is tentatively scheduled for 2014.
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