Director Timur Bekmambetov Talks about "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" and Much More! 


So I'm truly enjoying Seth Grahame-Smith's book "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter." Now that I'm on vacation, I have more time poring through this engrossing novel (I love driving through Springfield, Illinois, where Lincoln started his law practice, while listening to the audiobook of "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter").

I knew that Tim Burton and "Wanted" director Timur Bekmambetov teamed up to purchase the rights to Grahame-Smith's book (check out my original article on that purchase right here) and that Bekmambetov is attached to direct.

Bekmambetov spoke to Empire Magazine and here's what he said about "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter":

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. "That one I’m prepping to direct myself. 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."


In the novel, Lincoln's mother was killed by a supernatural creature, so it became his lifelong passion to kill vampires and their slave-owning helpers. The beloved U.S. president metamorphosizes into an axe-throwing vampire hunter.

I can't wait for this film! No word yet on the cast so stay tuned. And it looks like "Lincoln" will be Bekmambetov's film before working on "Wanted 2." Why? Read on:

Wanted 2. "We are discussing Wanted 2 every month. We are working on it now, but I think it will be after Lincoln because James (McAvoy) is working on the X-Men: First Class… It’s why I decided to develop Lincoln without a studio, to keep control. It’s a big movie but independent too."


To read more on Bekmambetov's interview about "Mody Dick," "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea" and much more, click here.

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