Bekmambetov is Directing 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter'
Although I wasn't thoroughly impressed with Wanted, my excitement for any future projects from director Timur Bekmambetov (of Night Watch, Day Watch as well) certainly hasn't waned. As a matter of fact a new bit of news has just turned it up to 11 as Empire spoke with the filmmaker who revealed that in addition to sharing producing duties with Tim Burton, Bekmambetov will also direct Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. On top of that, the director also shared some information on Wanted 2, a forthcoming 3D project called Red Asphalt; another 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and a very odd new take on Moby Dick.
Previously, adapted from Seth Grahame-Smith's novel, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter reveals that the 16th president's mother was killed by a supernatural creature, which fueled his passion to kill vampires and their slave-owning helpers. Timur talks about the tone of the film and even the potential for more sequels:
"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."
Surely it will have a certain amount of dark comedy surrounding it, but he's certainly not going for Shaun of the Dead or anything like that. Interestingly enough, the film is currently being developed without a studio, so that gives him plenty of freedom to make the movies exactly how he wants it (hopefully to a better result). Some of his other projects don't seem to be sharing the same amount of rapid development though, but here are a few more brief updates on additional projects that Timur Bekmambetov currently has his hands in:
Wanted 2: Though there's been buzz about Angelina Jolie's departure from the franchise and a potential replacement in Kristen Stewart, it sounds like development is moving a little slower. Timur says, "We are discussing Wanted 2 every month. We are working on it now, but I think it will be after… because James (McAvoy) is working on the X-Men: First Class. It's why I decided to develop [Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter] without a studio, to keep control. It's a big movie but independent too." The less studio hands in the cookie jar, the better it will be, I think.
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Somehow we missed reporting on this in May, but Timur is working on an adaptation of 20,000 Leauges Under the Sea (which is completely separate from David Fincher's version at Disney). Here's what he had to say about that project: "Yes, it is happening. We are in development with a writer and Ridley Scott's people. It's early in development. I would like to direct myself – it's a great tale that I love from my childhood. It will be a modernised version of the famous book."
Moby Dick: In addition, yet another take on a literary classic found itself in Timur's hands back in 2008 and it's still very much in the cards. Timur explains: "I've developed the whole world, but we're still working on the script. To fight a supernatural creature, you need people with supernatural abilities. It's the same story but with a different take, much more mystical. The whalers are not ordinary people, and yes, the whale will be done digitally." Very interesting things he mentions.
Red Asphalt: Anyone who has taken a driver's education course should immediately be having flashbacks or at least ideas of where this project is going. Seemingly inspired by the precautionary drunk driving video series shown to driver's ed classes, it's exactly what you would expect from the title. Timur reveals" "I am working on that with Lionsgate. It's a movie about drunk driving in 3D! 3D is the only way to recreate what you feel when you drink and drive. It's my original idea – I wrote the treatment. Everyone drinks and drives once, and I want to make a horror movie about it. It's one big car chase. People will feel what it's like when you're drunk and driving, and it's really scary. The world is not exactly the same." Now it's only a matter of time before 3D and driver's education come together to teach lessons rather than entertain.
Those are all the latest significant updates straight from Timur Bekmambetov (via Empire), who has some really exciting ideas and projects coming up in his future. And it's all just a matter of time before we get to see them! There's some not-so-informational updates on more of his projects like The Knights Templar and The Last Witchhunter over at Empire, so if you want to check out their full interview with Bekmambetov you can head on over there. In the meantime, we'll keep you posted on all of these upcoming projects and more from Timur Bekmambetov as the news arrives. Which of these projects sound the most interesting?
Reader Feedback - 12 Comments
Seriously? Abe against vamps? That's pretty lame to even want to bring it to the screen. As for the other projects, does this mean we'll be seeing two 20,000 leauges?
Eli on Aug 9, 2010
I'm only interested in moby "Dick" and "20,000 Leagues on the Sea" those are two tales the need to be retold time and again. The other projects are 100% useless, with the exception of Wanted 2.
Xerxex on Aug 9, 2010
I think Red Asphalt could be interesting, but I'm guessing you hate that idea, Xerexes, due to the word "3D" being used.
peloquin on Aug 9, 2010
How the hell could he not be impressed with Wanted?
Da Man on Aug 9, 2010
Abe Lincoln Vampire Hunter sounds ace, lots of fun. It's a ridiculous premise, will have to be done in a pretty tongue and cheek fashion, I'm thinking something a bit like Big Trouble in Little China. Wanted is stupid, not least because the loom of fate was coded in binary (what, are they using ASCII?)
Square Shaped Softness on Aug 9, 2010
dude peloquin there's an X! I know you know! lol. No I hate the idea cause it sounds fucking stupid!
Xerxex on Aug 9, 2010
Wanted was a well made film overall. The story was just a little too shallow for my taste.
Eli on Aug 9, 2010
peloqin 3D is just an unnecessary gimmick - it doesn't ruin an idea. in this case, the lame premise behind red asphalt SHOULD be paired with the equally lame 3D concept. i'm not a fan of Timur Bekmambetov - and i didn't care for wanted. the only movie in the article that i'm excited for is "20,000 leagues...." - and i've got this feeling he'll mess that up. hopefully "talks with ridley scotts people" means RS might direct! i'm curious about the lincoln movie - i'm just not sure how i feel about an important and respected figure in US history being turned into fodder for an indie vampire flick......seems a little demeaning. we'll see. finally, moby dick as a supernatural creature? i guess if the backstory is well done, this could be good........again - with Timur Bekmambetov in charge, i think it's "wait and see".
beavis on Aug 9, 2010
this may be funny, but each generation is more stupid than the one before. Is this what we really want?
Angry Chief on Aug 9, 2010
check this out: youtube clip promoting the bestseller book Abe Lincoln: the vampire killer. This would be trailer for now. Watch... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X58RPS665V0
jedibilly on Aug 9, 2010
now get liam nesson in as abe and we have a winner.
stephen on Aug 11, 2010
it's nice seeing posters shit on this when they clearly haven't read the book. In fact, go read the book! Its great! and i think it would be a fine basis for a film, the narrative is very filmic - fast paced, no huge blocks of dialog or inner monologue and some hugely entertaining action scenes. Wanted was good fun, so colour me interested. The challenge will be how Bekmambetov approaches the more expressly historical stuff (of which there is a fair bit).
lebowski on Aug 11, 2010
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