Tim Burton (Alice in Wonderland), Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) and Jim Lemley are teaming to produce a big screen adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's new book "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," which was released in stores today. Burton, Bekmambetov and Jim Lemley produced Focus Features' 9 together as well.
Lionsgate previously picked up the film rights to the author's Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which Natalie Portman is attached to star in and David O.Russell is circling to direct.
The following is how publisher Grand Central Publishing describes "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter":
Indiana, 1818. Moonlight falls through the dense woods that surround a one-room cabin, where a nine-year-old Abraham Lincoln kneels at his suffering mother's bedside. She's been stricken with something the old-timers call "Milk Sickness."
"My baby boy..." she whispers before dying.
Only later will the grieving Abe learn that his mother's fatal affliction was actually the work of a vampire.
When the truth becomes known to young Lincoln, he writes in his journal, "henceforth my life shall be one of rigorous study and devotion. I shall become a master of mind and body. And this mastery shall have but one purpose..." Gifted with his legendary height, strength, and skill with an ax, Abe sets out on a path of vengeance that will lead him all the way to the White House.
While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.
Using the journal as his guide and writing in the grand biographical style of Doris Kearns Goodwin and David McCullough, Seth has reconstructed the true life story of our greatest president for the first time-all while revealing the hidden history behind the Civil War and uncovering the role vampires played in the birth, growth, and near-death of our nation.
A promo trailer for the book was also released and you can watch it using the player below.
Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) is one of those cats in Hollywood that is circling a number of projects.
In addition to the recently announced Black Lightning, he's also shepherding a live-action adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter."
Bekmambetov told Variety today that there is no start date for the production, but it "will be a serious but entertaining movie that deals with the most interesting and powerful person of the 19th century within an imaginary scenario that he was also an ax-wielding vampire hunter."
Black Lightning is a remake of the sci-fi Russian film which concerns a boy and his suped up car who take on bad guys.
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I just finished the book and really enjoyed it. I am a history teacher and a geek, so it was kind of up my alley. I thought it was very entertaining, but somehow still respectful of Lincoln and his legacy. I wrote a full review of it here if you're interested: http://www.epinions.com/content_516609314436
Timur Bekmambetov, previously attached only as producer, has announced his intention to direct Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter in an interview with Empire.
Describing the film as being in a similar vein as Nightwatch, Bekmambetov says that production will ideally begin this winter and that the property is being looked at as a potential franchise. Perhaps a tongue-in-cheek comment, the director claims that the film is in no ways comedy but is, instead, "a very entertaining, epic history lesson."
The article also offers updates on a number of other films Bekmambetov has been connected to, including a mention that he would like to direct the Fox version of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, to be produced alongside Ridley Scott. Unlike the competing Disney version, this version will offer a "modernized" take.
Moby Dick, meanwhile, is still in the scripting stages but will, apparently, feature a cast of super-powered characters who battle against a supernatural whale.
Other projects include Red Asphalt, a horror movie about drunk driving for release in 3D (which Bekmambetov describes as "one big car chase"), the potential remake of Black Lightning, which he will only produce, and (also in a producer-only capacity) The Knights Templar. Wanted 2 is currently waiting for James McAvoy to finish X-Men: First Class.
20th Century Fox has set a June 22, 2012 release date for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Seth Grahame-Smith's adaptation of his own novel to be directed by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted). Bekmambetov will produce with Tim Burton and Jim Lemley.
First Mad Max: The Fury Road then The Dark Knight Rises and now this. Inception and Bronson actor Tom Hardy continues his Hollywood hot streak with today's buzz that he's up for a leading role in Fox's adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's novel Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
Bloody Disgusting claims the British actor has been offered the role of "Henry Sturges" in the Timur Bekmambetov-directed Lincoln. Tim Burton will produce the horror-history mashup.
Henry is a vampire who saves young Abe's life, nurses him back to health and then mentors him in the ways of the bloodsucking undead. Years later, the then-President Lincoln gives Sturges his secret diaries, which recounts his adventures as a vampire slayer.
Fox has slated Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter for a June 22, 2012 release, with filming reportedly commencing this spring.
Shooting begins in March on Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Timur (Wanted) Bekmambetov's next film based on Seth Grahame-Smith's novel. Principal photography is set to take place in New Orleans and casting has officially begin. What's Playing scored a character breakdown from casting director Mindy Marin and, contrary to previous reports (seems like we've been saying that a lot lately), the titular role has not been filled, nor is Tom Hardy playing the part (he'll be filming The Dark Knight Rises next year).
Here is what they're looking for in Abe Lincoln:
Age : Late 20s to late 30s. PLEASE NOTE THE SAME ACTOR WILL PLAY ABRAHAM AS HE AGES FROM 20 to 56. At 20, not yet the iconic image we associate with our 16th President, this version of Abe is tall, boyish, and occasionally impulsive; a kind, intelligent, well-spoken and good-hearted man, if a bit awkward at social events and around the ladies. He’s also an extremely skilled fighter. Abe works as a shopkeeper, lawyer and burgeoning political figure by day. He woos Mary Todd and debates Stephen Douglas, preparing for an eventual run for the Presidency. Seen also in middle age, extremely tall with a lined face and a trademark beard and stovepipe hat, he is a thoughtful, extraordinary orator. Honest Abe wins the White House in the midst of growing strife between the North and South. Despite his advanced age, Mr. Lincoln remains an innovative and fearsome fighter...