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Summit in Talks with Breck Eisner to Direct 'The Last Witch Hunter'

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March 17, 2011
Source: Deadline

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Just over a year ago, almost to the date, we learned that Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov was attached to a pitch called The Last Witch Hunter that Summit Entertainment had picked up from Priest writer Cory Goodman. Now it sounds like the filmmaker is no longer part of the deal as Deadline reports Breck Eisner (The Crazies) is in early talks to direct the project for Summit Entertainment. Apparently the Twilight Saga base is eager to get the project off the ground (when the vampires run out, why not turn to witches?), but Bekmambetov has been busy with producing duties on the Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter adaptation.

As you might guess from the title, the story would follow the last remaining witch hunter from a breed of people that keep the population of witches and warlocks in check. But wouldn't you know it, a nefarious plan hatches for the witches and warlocks to repopulate in a major way unless he can stop them. There seems to be plenty of play in the sandbox of old school horror villains lately. Even in the witch hunting department there's already the alternative fairytale Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters coming together with Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton as the title characters.

As someone who enjoyed The Crazies quite a bit, I'd like to see what Eisner can do with this project, but I wonder if this will come before or after his Escape from New York remake which the filmmaker became attached to last April. So if Timothy Olyphant doesn't end up being Snake Plissken maybe he can be The Last Witch Hunter. Thoughts?

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