Timur & Burton Adapting Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

March 2, 2010
Source: Deadline

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

From the author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies comes the true history of our sixteenth US president - Seth Grahame-Smith's Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Not only did this wonderful new book hit shelves today, but Deadline is reporting that co-producers Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov will be developing an adaption of Grahame-Smith's new novel. His story kicks off with the revelation that Lincoln's mother was killed by a supernatural creature, which fueled his passion to crush vampires and their slave-owning helpers. The book depicts the 16th US president as an axe-throwing highly trained vampire killer!

Burton and Bekmambetov, who teamed up to produce another dark vision of the world with Shane Acker's 9, bought the rights with their own money and haven't involved any studios yet. This is such a cool idea and I'm totally down for this. I love the concepts that Seth Grahame-Smith is coming up with - this guy is going to break out huge once one of these movies actually gets made. Let's hope Burton and Bekmambetov find a writer and a director who can start working on this right away - the sooner the better! There's also a promo video of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter that the publisher made for the book which you can see below.

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  • Xerxex
  • Jonathan
  • david
  • Cody
  • Ty
    OMFG Yes!!!!!!
  • Cody
    Ok now my stomach is rested from least its a semi original idea, even though its based off the book. "Ive been a slave of vampires for thirty years" thats comedy
  • Craig
    I've never heard of "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" but it sounds fucking brilliant.
  • Larry
    This is a disgrace, not only to our sixteenth president but to film making.
  • Xerxex
    Larry really? Lincoln would love this! and for film this is an excellent idea.
  • dex
    Hey Larry Its a movie, why so serious? It sounds great, very original.
  • Ryan
    With Burton at the helm? No thanks. Johnny Depp as Abe Lincoln and Helena Carter as his wife? I can see it now.
  • Xerxex
    I kinda agree with Ryan on this one, Burton needs to cast some other people for this, I love Depp and Carter but I want to see him work with someone else.
  • Dark Fist
    @11 & 12: Uh, let's not be so hasty. Burton and Bekmambetov are listed as *co-producers*.. just like they were with 9.. which had neither Johnny Depp nor Helena Carter in it.
  • beavis
    so many of you are saying it's a wonderful idea? i'm not saying it isn''s just the "hook" seems to be having the lead be abraham lincoln. remember, this movie has been done - doesn't anyone remember "van helsing"? it appears that all they're doing to rehash it is to put lincoln in the lead and change location to the states. i could be wrong, but that's what it looks like to me. it could be good, but i can't endorse the "hell, yea!" opinion many of you have on this until i see some footage.
  • Craig
    #11 Yeah, that's my only concern as well.
  • Voice of Reason
    Im on board to be wary of this movie. The writer/creator of these ideas isnt a brilliant, genius, hot-new-thing. He just makes an existing story with todays modern and appealing twists. whoop-dee-doo. Great, so he's the first one to pass through the gates, it doesnt make the zombie and vampire genre any more exciting. And yeah...Burton!?!?! Guy's been flopping around on screen like a dead fish for over 10 years now, its near-death actions are reflective of the last and ultimately redundant and tiresome. Hooray for a new Frankenweenie, lets give this guy a show at the MoMA!! Also, I'm sorry, but 9 wasn't that great at all, and producer credits barely affect a film, esp. when the producer is there to fund someone elses big idea like a tired charity. Boooooo....and yes, there is some disrespect going on to a President, dead or not.
  • Dan the Man
    What about John Carpenter as Director?
    There is a 20 minute short film where Lincoln IS a vampire "trying to suck the blood of four score and seven virgins" I think the actor who plays Vampire Lincoln is the same one who plays Lincoln the Vampire Hunter in the book trailer" is the student film's website i believe
  • The Man With No Name
    This sounds like hype for Alice in Wonderland. I can't see how anyone would make this movie, but I've been wrong before...
  • belle
    This is going to be epic. Tim burton is beast and we can't help it tht he wants his mother of his kids to have a job so get over it.
  • EmilyFalcon
    Granted, it's an original idea, and everyone seems to be giddy about it. However, this has already been done. Our good friend Mike Mignola created the comic book (and its subsequent animated feature) The Amazing Screw-On Head, in which Abraham Lincoln enlists the help of a robotic crime-fighter to stop an evil zombie, his werewolf henchwomen, his vampire lover, and his evil monkey from releasing a demigod bent on world domination. Screw-On Head was amazing, but this looks like it's very closely copying it. I haven't read the book, and I'm willing to give it a chance, but I don't think a movie is the right way to go with it....
  • OK, this is a little too weird no?, President Lincoln is featured as a new version of Dracula's prof. Van Helssing... still no harm on giving it a chance and watching it, good job on the voice over, Harry Chase.
  • Fisherr
    Very very interesting.
  • SlashBeast
    The last movie these guys produced together was 9, and that was nonsensical shit.
  • Obbie
    idk who they'd get to play Ham Lincoln.. but I'd say get Johnny D to play Henry :)
  • Peecole
    Johnny Depp could play *Henry.... assuming anyone as read the book?
  • BlahBlah
    It would be better if they simply made a movie based upon the original star trek episode form the 1960s whereas the forces of good are evil are forced to fight each - the force of good had lincoln, who got a spear in the back. Think of all of history's people we could have here from past to future.
  • tyler
    mostly done with the book it is amazing cant wait to see the movie it is AMAZING!
  • Jennifer Weston
    > .. but I'd say get Johnny D to play Henry (Sturges) < I agree. If he gives Henry the same darkly-driven quality he displayed in 'Sweeny Todd', he'll be great in that role.




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