The film Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter has been on the cards since the release of the ‘mash-up’ novel back in March 2010. The fantastically twisted book was penned by none other than Seth Grahame-Smith, a name synonymous with reworked history after his revision of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, or rather, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, shots up the bestseller’s list.
Directed by Timur Bekambetov and produced by both Bekambetov and the great Tim Burton, the film is FINALLY due to hit UK screen 2 August 2012. Benjamin Walker stars as the great president, Abraham Lincoln, alongside Dominic Cooper, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and the very evil-looking and amazing Rufus Sewell.
The story tells of young Abe who was but nine years old when his mother died from a disease known as the “milk sickness.” It was only later on in life when he learned that his mother had fallen victim to a local vampire, collecting on a debt Lincoln’s father owed. Naturally, he vowed he would avenge the memory of his mother and took it upon himself to slay vampires and their human friends. All of this was of course lost unto history, until Grahame-Smith himself comes across the late president’s diary and reconstructs his life story.
I’m not one of the many who has been taken in by the Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters of this world, but I’m actually really looking forward to this movie. As I saw commented as a comment somewhere: “It has something of the Evil Dead about it”, and I certainly wouldn’t mind that!
I’ll end this brief preview with a trailer. Now before you all go, “hang on…there is no trailer yet?!”, let me tell you that you’re right, there is no trailer yet. However, there is a trailer for the book and some newly released images from the film.