If you’ve been patiently waiting for some news regarding Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, we’ve got it! Previously, it was announced that Tim Burton would produce a live action feature based on the book of the same name, and now Empire is reporting that its landed a director. According to the site, Wanted’s Timur Bekmambetov has announced his attachment to the Civil War era vampire flick.
Here’s what the director had to say about his creative vision for Vampire Hunter:
“It is not a comedy at all – it is a very entertaining, epic history lesson for millions and millions of teenagers. If you remember Nightwatch, it is maybe in the vein of that kind of movie.”
“We are keeping the traditional look of Lincoln – the big hat and the beard. He has to be historically correct, but with a few special weapons. There is only one book, but there will be many opportunities to develop and explore this world if we get to do sequels. I hope we will start this winter. We are shooting in America.”
It sounds like we might see more of this historical figure kicking ass and taking names if the first film does well. I’m not too familiar with the book, but I’m interested in seeing how this will play out on the big screen. Seriously, who doesn’t want to see one of the country’s most revered Presidents stick a wooden stake through a vampire’s heart?
As for Bekmambetov’s other high profile projects, he spoke about Wanted 2, which he’ll do after Lincoln because James McAvoy is currently shooting X-Men First Class. As for the talk surrounding 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,
“Yes, it is happening. We are in development with a writer and Ridley Scott’s people. It’s early in development. I would like to direct myself – it’s a great tale that I love from my childhood. It will be a modernized version of the famous book.”
He’s also been working on another water-logged adaptation of Moby Dick, and he’s currently developing the script. This guy is a busy man!
What film are you the most excited to see from Bekmambetov?