Timur Bekmambetov and Tim Burton optioned Seth Grahame-Smith’s novel Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and waited for the studios to come a calling. They all did of course but it’s been announced that Fox now has the rights for a 3-D film based on the book. In case you have been living under a rock the book is about β Lincoln’s life that depicts the 16th President as an axe-throwing, highly accomplished killer of vampires, an obsession of his since those bloodsuckers supposedly took the life of his mother. Taking revenge, Lincoln wreaks havoc on the vampires and their slave-owning protectors. Only in Hollywood would such wild fantasy with the reputation of one of America’s greatest Presidents be in such demand. Fox wanted the project so badly that when the filmmakers came onto the lot, the studio had bloody axes and bloody footprints strewn about and arranged for a bugle player in a Confederate uniform playing “Taps” to accompany them to the meeting with studio executives.
WME Entertainment made the deal, and production is set to begin next March. This will be Bekmambetov’s first directing gig since the hit Angelina Jolie-James McAvoy pic Wanted. Burton will produce.β
It’s incredible what lengths were made to get the rights to this movie though not unexpected. You gotta hand it to Fox that when they want to they know how to impress. While we wait for more on the film to be made enjoy the book’s promo trailer below.