For those of you that read the headline and have no idea what it is, let me give you quick breakdown. Imagine if you will that President Lincoln not only spent his time freeing the slaves, but also hunting vampires. Now you know the craziness behind the incredibly successful book Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter from writer Seth Grahame-Smith. The movie version is in production right now and is directed by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) and is being produced by Tim Burton.
Today The New York Times gives us our first look at Benjamin Walker (Flags of Our Fathers) as Abraham Lincoln.
You may be wondering why Lincoln would hunt vampires. That's because his parents, like many, were killed by them. It's a tale as old as time but has been erased from our history classes. Teachers will cover the approved lesson plans on the Gettysburg Address, or the Emancipation Proclamation - but just try asking one of them about the rumors that Abe also hunted blood suckers. You'll be either expelled or spoken to in a whisper then asked to never speak of it again.
Okay, so most of what I just wrote is totally fake. However the plot of the movie is accurate and based on the book. By mashing together history and vampire lore, Grahame-Smith has given book lovers a reason to be excited. They're hoping to translate that in to a reason for movie lovers to be just as enthusiastic.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter will be a great time at the old cineplex, but not just for the crazy story. The makers are also making it a period movie. From shooting it down in the south, to the props used. They are making this movie as if it was true history. I love that they are doing this with it.
Take the jump to The New York Times site to read more about what 20th Century Fox did to win the producers over.
What say you?
POPped with Abe
Source: The New York Times