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 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 on Mar 2, 2010



Jonathan on Mar 2, 2010



david on Mar 2, 2010


OMFG Yes!!!!!!

Ty on Mar 2, 2010


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

Cody on Mar 2, 2010


I've never heard of "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" but it sounds fucking brilliant.

Craig on Mar 2, 2010


This is a disgrace, not only to our sixteenth president but to film making.

Larry on Mar 2, 2010


Larry really? Lincoln would love this! and for film this is an excellent idea.

Xerxex on Mar 2, 2010


Hey Larry Its a movie, why so serious? It sounds great, very original.

dex on Mar 2, 2010


With Burton at the helm? No thanks. Johnny Depp as Abe Lincoln and Helena Carter as his wife? I can see it now.

Ryan on Mar 2, 2010


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.

Xerxex on Mar 2, 2010


@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.

Dark Fist on Mar 3, 2010


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.

beavis on Mar 3, 2010


#11 Yeah, that's my only concern as well.

Craig on Mar 3, 2010


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.

Voice of Reason on Mar 3, 2010


What about John Carpenter as Director?

Dan the Man on Mar 3, 2010


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

VAMPIRE LINCOLN on Mar 3, 2010


This sounds like hype for Alice in Wonderland. I can't see how anyone would make this movie, but I've been wrong before...

The Man With No Name on Mar 3, 2010


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.

belle on Mar 3, 2010


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....

EmilyFalcon on Mar 8, 2010


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.

Voice123 - Trailer Voice Over on Mar 10, 2010


Very very interesting.

Fisherr on Mar 11, 2010


The last movie these guys produced together was 9, and that was nonsensical shit.

SlashBeast on Mar 17, 2010


idk who they'd get to play Ham Lincoln.. but I'd say get Johnny D to play Henry 🙂

Obbie on Mar 22, 2010


Johnny Depp could play *Henry.... assuming anyone as read the book?

Peecole on Mar 29, 2010


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.

BlahBlah on Apr 14, 2010


mostly done with the book it is amazing cant wait to see the movie it is AMAZING!

tyler on May 16, 2010


> .. 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.

Jennifer Weston on Jul 8, 2010

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