The low-fi indie Monsters gave director Gareth Edwards a big-screen career virtually overnight, and in addition to working on the new incarnation of Godzilla for Legendary Pictures he has been developing another follow-up project in relative quiet. Late last summer we got a few details on the movie, which was then untitled.

We learned that the film is about “a young human child (probably around 5 years old) and a robot who travel across the galaxy in search of mankind’s origin in a world void of humanity and filled with robots.” The report was that Edwards was pitching the project as “a robot Star Wars.” (And hopefully not now “a robot Prometheus.”)

Now we’ve learned that the film may be called Forever, and in an interview with one producer, Timur Bekmambetov, a few other minor details have been revealed. Read More »

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Two big film releases this week both feature historical settings in which a fantastic story takes place, but Brave and Timur Bekmambetov‘s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter couldn’t be more different. This film is based on the novel by Seth Grahame-Smith (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Dark Shadows screenwriter) in which Abraham Lincoln (Benjamin Walker) is revealed to be a man tortured by the memory of his mother’s death at the hands of a vampire.

So what’s the consensus on Abe and his vampire hunting efforts? Discuss the film, in spoilerish glory, after the break. Read More »

Let’s do a little update on Mark Millar movies. First up, while we were doubtful for months about the chances of Kick-Ass 2 actually shooting and bringing the cast of the original film back together, turns out we were too pessimistic. Looks like the film will in fact go before cameras this year, with Jeff Wadlow directing and most of the original cast returning.

After the break, Kick-Ass star Aaron Johnson provides a little update on the film. Then Timur Bekmambetov has a couple things to say about the sequel to Wanted, another film based on a Mark Millar comic. Read More »

It’s been a while since we’ve received any significant updates on Timur Bekmambetov‘s action-oriented Moby Dick adaptation, but the project’s apparently still simmering over at Universal and has just brought in a new writer to help with one specific stumbling block: the budget.

Over the past year, we’ve seen several big action adaptations get scrapped or put on hold for financial reasons, including Disney’s Lone Ranger, Warner Bros.’ Akira and Arthur & Lancelot, and Legendary’s Paradise Lost, and it seems Universal is also treading carefully. Aaron Guzikowski, who previously wrote Universal’s Contraband, is in negotiations to rewrite the Moby Dick script with the specific aim of trimming costs. More details after the jump.

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There was the teaser trailer, the theatrical trailer, an international trailer, a red band trailer and now, with a few short weeks left and a major Fox release coming out before, the company has put together one final theatrical trailer for the historical horror film Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

The film will be released June 22 and follows the 16th President of the United States (Benjamin Walker) who becomes a lean, mean, vampire killing machine after seeing a bloodsucker kill his mother. It also stars Dominic Cooper, Anthony Mackie and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, was produced by Tim Burton, written by Seth Grahame-Smith (based on his novel) and is directed by Timur Bekmambetov. Check out the new trailer, which centers around the Gettysburg Address, below. Read More »

So far, the footage we’ve seen from Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter has been, well, pretty much exactly what you’d expect from a movie called Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. The “secret history” of our 16th president’s double life as a hunter of supernatural monsters is a premise that’s deeply silly but potentially entertaining, and accordingly, the first trailers have been both kind of dumb and kind of cool.

But I do have one big quibble, and it’s that we haven’t seen nearly enough actual vampire hunting. Honest Abe (Benjamin Walker) wields his axe pretty much constantly in the footage we’ve seen so far, but where’s the satisfying splatter of blood and guts? Fortunately, the new red-band trailer rectifies that situation, offering up plenty of bloodshed, several explosions, a couple of decapitations, and even a bit of what the MPAA might call “brief sensuality.” Watch the NSFW video after the jump.

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Briefly: Timur Bekmambetov now has a project to possibly follow up Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. He has just been attached to direct The Current War, which isn’t about a war taking place now, but rather about a battle over electricity. Specifically, Michael Mitnick‘s spec script is about “the competition between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse to create the first sustainable electrical current.”

That’s potentially a great story, though I wonder how Bekmambetov, whose work isn’t exactly closely indebted to truth and history, will make the movie. Steven Zaillian is producing, as is Bekmambetov. There is no cast yet, though Sacha Baron Cohen was reportedly interested in playing Edison at one point. Now that the top-level team is set, we’ll see whether or not he gets an offer. [Variety]

One of summer’s biggest wildcards is the 3D, hyper-stylized, historical action-horror film Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Based on a novel of the same name by Seth Grahame-Smith (who also wrote the screenplay) the film is directed by Timur Bekmambetov and tells the fictional story, infused with a lot of non-fiction, of how Abraham Lincoln decicated his life to killing vampires after losing a family member. It’s a biopic of our 16th President, played by Benjamin Walker, just with vampires everywhere.

If you saw our WonderCon video blog you heard about the footage that was shown but, before that happened, I got about two minutes with both the director and screenwriter to talk about the film. For Bekmambetov, I talked about how this film was different visually from his others. With Grahame-Smith, I asked what Timur brought to the project that he couldn’t imagine when writing it as well as the public’s reaction to the latest trailer for Dark Shadows, a film he wrote for Tim Burton, who also produced Vampire Hunter. Read my mini-interviews after the jump. Read More »

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