Maksim Dyachuk is a young independent Russian filmmaker. He’s virtually unknown in the industry worldwide, but that may change in the near future if ambition and talent have anything to do with it. Taking his cue from Gareth Edwards (who came from nowhere to gain critical acclaim for his self-made giant monster drama, Monsters, and is now helming one of the most highly anticipated franchise reboots there is — Godzilla — for Legendary Pictures), Dyachuk hopes that his own cheaply produced but — from the evidence so far — monstrously effective sci-fi/horror thriller Spores [aka СПОРЫ] will find its niche in the West and give him the clout to complete what he sees as a trilogy.
He has allowed Undead Backbrain to release the first English teaser trailer for Spores. Check it out below:
Original Russian version:
“Spores represents four years of work,” he explained to Undead Backbrain. “I have done it myself, without backing. In Russia, it is possible to shoot such films. Production costs are not too expensive and the situation there offers good money-saving opportunities. I want to make a movie trilogy under the title Spores, of which this first one — which I call Spores: Invasion — is the first. I am willing to cooperate to get the rest made. I’m hoping that a producer in the US and Europe will be in the audience when this first Spores premiers and will recognise the potential of what I can achieve.”
Post-production work on Spores is almost completed, and the film will be available in November.
“The script, video camera work and visual effects are all my own work,” Dyachuk explained. “I was inspired by Gareth Edwards. He also makes films virtually by himself. But I live in Siberia. The film is in the Russian language. There will be English subtitles and if I find a producer in the USA, there will be an English dub version.”
On the issue of the film’s genre, Dyachuk explained: “In Russia, fantasy, sci-fi and horror movies are not popular. And this is my favorite genre. But there are interesting stories, places, and actors here and it is ideal to take advantage of that.”
We look forward to seeing the result once post-production is complete.
A group of youthful friends go out of town on an outing and stumble upon an old Soviet factory. The factory has been long abandoned and is derelict. It interests them and they decide to explore and to document what they find. But their curiosity brings them face-to-face with unimaginable danger. It transpires that alien spores have come to Earth on a meteorite, and that these spores quickly multiply and take on a monstrous form once they touch the ground. Who among the group of threatened humans will fight? Who will survive? And what will the ultimate outcome of this terror be for the planet?
- Directed by Maksim Dyachuk
- Director of Photography: Maksim Dyachuk
- Produced by Dina Green
- Sound design: Igor Faust
- Editing: Maksim Dyachuk
- Scenario: Maksim Dyachuk
- Music: Igor Faust
- VFX Effects and Compositing: Maksim Dyachuk
Natalia Rybjakova, Valery Kuzmenko, Oleg Burlakov, Elena Sherbakova, Nikolay Dubkov, Vladimir Kokin and Leonid Gusarov
More stills, production pictures and conceptual artwork is available in the Gallery below.
- Sources: Maksim Dyachuk via Avery Guerra; Official website