Timur Bekmambetov at the 2012 Rome Film FestivalElisabetta Villa/Getty Images

Unless he's going to take a page from his "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" playbook and mix historical drama with campy horror, director Timur Bekmambetov's next two potential projects couldn't be more different.

According to Deadline, Bekmambetov is in talks to direct a remake of "Ben-Hur" for MGM, from a script by "The Way Back" screenwriter Keith Clarke. If it moves forward, it will turn Hollywood's upcoming spate of Biblical epics, which includes Darren Aronofsky's "Noah" and Ridley Scott's "Exodus," into an official trend.

Then, over in this-can't-be-for-real land, Variety reports that Bekmambetov has dreamed up and will produce a horror comedy about flesh-eating squirrels.

We'll let you take a moment to digest that.

He won't direct this gem, which is going by the creative tagline "Hold on to your nuts," but it's totally his passion project. Watch the pre-production sales trailer below -- and then try to not get creeped out the next time you see a squirrel.

And we had finally gotten over our irrational fear of birds.

[via Deadline, Variety]

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