Fox Snags Timur Bekmambetov's Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
You still may not quite have come to terms with the idea of a movie called Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, particularly one directed by Wanted's Timur Bekmambetov, but now Fox has guaranteed you'll see the movie whether you're ready for it or not. Variety reports that the studio has won a bidding war for the project, which Bekmambetov will direct under the watch of producer Tim Burton. Seth Grahame-Smith, who wrote the novel on which the film is based, also adapted the screenplay.
As Variety describes it, Fox pretty much fell at Bekmambetov's feet to get him to give them the project. When he and his producing partners visited the lot they pulled into a parking spot marked "Parking for Vampire Hunters Only, park at your own risk," and followed bloody footprints leading from their cars to the meeting room. There were even silver bullets in a bowl at reception, and a guy in a Confederate uniform playing "Taps" on a bugle. If they bring even a fraction of that showmanship to their treatment of the movie itself we might be in for something special-- but if their plan is just to send a bugle-playing Confederate soldier to the house of every single potential moviegoer, we've got a long couple of years ahead of us. Vampire Hunter is being fast-tracked for a 2012 release.
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