Brand-new posters have just been released for two very different literary adaptations due out next year. The first is Timur Bekmambetov‘s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, an adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith‘s alternate-history horror about the sixteenth President of the United States; the other, Gary RossThe Hunger Games, based on the first volume of Suzanne Collins‘ insanely popular dystopian YA series. If you ask me, the posters for the former look more striking, but the story behind the poster for the second is more interesting. Check ‘em out after the jump.

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Akiva Goldsman is still working towards the realization of his first effort as a feature film director. For quite some time, the writer/producer has wanted to bring to the screen an adaptation of Mark Helprin‘s novel Winter’s Tale. In February Warner Bros. agreed to make the film, though at the time it looked like the project was going to have to wait until after the shoot for the first feature in the Dark Tower series, which Goldsman is writing and producing.

With The Dark Tower sidelined for the time being, Goldsman is actively working on Winter’s Tale. A casting shortlist has emerged, and while the picks aren’t final by any means, this will give you an idea of where he’s going with the project. Read More »

The latest addition to Alex Proyas‘ adaptation of Milton‘s canonical poem Paradise Lost is Casey Affleck, who is in talks to play the God’s messenger, the angel Gabriel, in the film. Along with him comes Camilla Belle (10,000 B.C.), who is reportedly the top choice to play Eve. Read More »

It’s the ‘supporting actors in big movies’ Casting Bits, with a confirmation of a report that surfaced last week, and two nice additions to big projects at Legendary Pictures. After the break, you’ll find:

  • Jonah Hill is confirmed for the action comedy Neighborhood Watch,
  • Rufus Sewell joins Paradise Lost,
  • and Clifton Collins, Jr. fights monsters in Pacific Rim.

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I talked about the very serious film Paradise Lost earlier today — the documentary about the just-freed West Memphis Three. But there’s that other Paradise Lost being developed by Legendary Pictures and director Alex Proyas. That’s the very loose adaptation of the epic poem by Milton that chronicles the break between Lucifer and Heaven. The film will be a largely mocapped, CGI affair with Bradley Cooper playing Lucifer and Benjamin Walker playing the archangel Michael. And now they’ll be joined by Djimon Hounsou as Abdiel, the angel of death. Read More »

Benjamin Walker, the star of rock musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, walked away from playing Beast in X-Men: First Class, only to end up in the title role of Timur Bekmambetov’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Now he is finishing a deal to appear in another big movie that will revamp an old tale. Only this time, the tale is much older and the scope is infinitely more broad: the actor will be the Archangel Michael in Alex ProyasParadise Lost, which already stars Bradley Cooper as Lucifer. Read More »

You don’t have to wait until next summer to see what Benjamin Walker is going to look like as the ax-wielding, vampire killing 16th President of the United States. While most major films wait until after shooting is done to begin building hype, The New York Times has published a feature article on Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter that includes our first look at the film while it’s still in production in Louisiana. Directed by Timur Bekmambetov, produced by Tim Burton and based on the novel by Seth Grahame-Smith, reimagines Lincoln’s history. It surmises that Lincoln’s parents were killed by vampires and that he dedicated the rest of his life to destroying all blood-suckers. It stars Walker as Lincoln, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as his wife, Mary Todd and actors like Rufus Sewell, Dominic Cooper and Anthony Mackie.

And though the idea is totally out there, Grahame-Smith thinks it’s now more appropriate than ever, especially with the national reaction to the killing of Osama Bin Laden.

There’s something in the American psyche, we want our presidents to be warriors. We’re giving that to Abraham Lincoln, sort of posthumously in this case.

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Seems like Timur Bekmambetov has just about filled all of his leads for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. The 3D adaptation of the Seth Grahame-Smith novel featuring the 16th President as a deadly vampire killer stars Benjamin Walker as Honest Abe, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as his wife Mary Todd, Anthony Mackie as Secretary of State William Seward, Dominic Cooper as vampire-killing mentor Henry Sturges and now he’s cast Jimmi Simpson as Josh Speed, Lincoln’s friend and personal assistant. Simpson is most recognizable for small but pivotal roles in Zodiac, Date Night, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and for his starring role on the new show Breakout Kings. Read more after the jump. Read More »

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