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Timur Bekmambetov talks Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter and other projects

08.09.2010
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Ever since WANTED shot to success, Russian director Timur Bekmambetov has been collecting projects like they're limited time offers.

Among his extensive plans, Bekmambetov intended to at least produce an adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's historical/fiction mashup ABRAHAM LINCOLN, VAMPIRE HUNTER. But Bek wants to also get behind the camera for the apocryphal tale of the great President's battle with bloodsuckers.

As he discloses to Empire: "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 NIGHT WATCH, it is maybe in the vein of that kind of movie."

"We are keeping the traditional look of Lincoln," Bekmambetov continues. "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."

Bekmambetov also provides updates to some of his other projects, including WANTED 2, MOBY DICK, 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA, another NIGHT WATCH entry, and a 3D drunk-driving movie called RED ASPHALT (yeah, really). Check out all the details HERE.

The synopsis and book trailer for ABRAHAM LINCOLN, VAMPIRE HUNTER: When Abraham Lincoln was nine years old, his mother died from an ailment called the "milk sickness." Only later did he learn that his mother's deadly affliction was actually the work of a local vampire, seeking to collect a debt owed by Lincoln's father. When Abe learned the truth, he vowed revenge and kept one passion hidden throughout his life: the brutal elimination of all vampires. His valiant, bloody fight against the undead was all but lost to history, until Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln. Using the journal as his guide, Seth reconstructs Lincoln's life story and uncovers the role vampires played in the birth, growth, and near-death of our nation.  

Extra Tidbit: Maybe Bekmambetov is still working on his English, but... An "epic history lesson"?
Source: Empire

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1:06PM on 08/10/2010

Great

A foreigner teaching us American History, great... Was there Royals with Cheese back then?
A foreigner teaching us American History, great... Was there Royals with Cheese back then?
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1:45PM on 08/10/2010
You say that as if the movie isn't based on a novel written by an American.
You say that as if the movie isn't based on a novel written by an American.
4:37AM on 08/10/2010
I want Dusk Watch !
I want Dusk Watch !
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1:22AM on 08/10/2010
This sounds awesome. Good ol' Abe in a fight against vampires. Suu-weeet! Though, I'm not sure about Timur. I loved Night / Day Watch, but Wanted was such a shitty flick, I kinda' want him to stay away from this gig now.
This sounds awesome. Good ol' Abe in a fight against vampires. Suu-weeet! Though, I'm not sure about Timur. I loved Night / Day Watch, but Wanted was such a shitty flick, I kinda' want him to stay away from this gig now.
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1:14AM on 08/10/2010
Tom Hanks for Lincoln!
Tom Hanks for Lincoln!
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10:32PM on 08/09/2010
Liam Neeson to play Lincoln?
Liam Neeson to play Lincoln?
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10:23PM on 08/09/2010
I'm pretty sure the book was completely accurate. Lincoln would have never let that dude from Twilight hang around.
I'm pretty sure the book was completely accurate. Lincoln would have never let that dude from Twilight hang around.
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