The Guardians (foreign title “Zaschitniki”) is Russia’s attempt at a Marvel Avengers-style superhero blockbuster. Directed by Armenian director Sarik Andreasyan and starring Sebastien Sisak, Anton Pampuchniy, Sanzhar Madiev, Alina Lanina, Valeria Shkirando and Stanislav Shirin, the story follows a secret group of Soviet superheroes named “Patriot” created during the Cold War to defend the homeland from supernatural threats. The team is comprised of representatives of the different nationalities of the Soviet Union.
The Guardians has a reported budget of 330 million Russian Rubble, which is the equivalent of about $5 million.
The Guardians won’t hit theaters until February 23rd, 2017 but they’ve already announced development on a sequel. China is looking to increase the amount of films imported from other countries, and Chinese distributor Turbo Films has teamed with Russian production company Enjoy Movies to not only release this movie but co-produce the sequel.