‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’ To Rewrite History In 2012 – Movie Preview
There are plenty of stink-bombs coming to theaters in 2012. Despite all the sequel/prequel/3D re-release B.S. headed our way, there will be some truly original films like the historically inaccurate (yet extremely awesome) ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.’
#4. ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’
Benjamin Walker, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Rufus Sewell
This Tim Burton produced adaptation of the popular Seth Grahame-Smith (who also adapted it for the screen) book would have to really try to make a bad movie with this one. You may recognize Grahame-Smith’s name from his previous mash-up novel, the New York Times Best-Seller ‘Pride, Prejudice, and Zombies,’ or his criminally under-watched MTV series ‘The Hard Times of RJ Berger.’ If there’s one thing we know about Grahame-Smith — it’s that he knows how to humorously write about all things fanboy-worthy.
‘Wanted’ director Timbur Bekmambetov will helm the film that re-imagines our 16th president not only as The Great Emancipator, but also a legendary vampire killer. The movie will have Lincoln discover that vampires have murdered members of his family in the past, leading the great historical figure to lead a secret life as a hunter of the undead by night. If Fox can’t turn that premise into gold when it’s released in 3D on June 22, 2012 — the future of films is more grim than we imagined.
The lesser known ‘Flags of Our Fathers’ star Benjamin Walker beat out a few more recognizable names like Adrien Brody and Josh Lucas for the role of Honest Abe and Mary Elizabeth Winstead (‘The Thing,’ ‘Live Free or Die Hard’) starring as Mary Todd Lincoln. Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor was briefly attached to score the film and cameo as a vampire who kills Lincoln’s mother but opted out to focus on other projects. While plot details of the film version are scarce, we do know that there will be vampires getting hacked to bits by Lincoln’s axe — that’s enough to get my $12.50.