First Look: Timur Bekmambetov's 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter'
Production is already underway on the adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's alternate history novel Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, and while we normally don't get our first look at a film until closer to the release date, The New York Times was allowed a very early visit on set, and a snapshot from the production has just been unveiled. It's nothing special, but it does show Benjamin Walker as our 16th president delivering some sort of speech in this strange story that reimagines our nation's iconic historical leader as a vampire hunter due to the blood thirsty creatures' involvement in the slave trade from the past.
Bekmambetov apparently describes his adaptation of the book as a cross between D.W. Griffith's Abraham Lincoln and F. W. Murnau's Nosferatu, and while that sounds wholly interesting, it also sounds a bit over the top, and maybe too serious for the source material. Apparently they're so serious about the historical feel of the film that Library of Congress and Illinois state historian Thomas F. Schwartz historian has consulted on the film to "slip vampires into Lincoln’s story with minimal damage to the historical record.” I'll just let the sheer insanity of that sentence sink in. Anyway, the film also stars Anthony Mackie, Dominic Cooper, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Alan Tudyk, Rufus Sewell and more with a 3D release set for June 22nd, 2012. Thoughts?