Posted on Monday, June 11th, 2012 by Angie Han
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 »
Posted on Thursday, May 24th, 2012 by Angie Han
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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Yesterday we got our first look at footage for Timur Bekmambetov‘s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, scripted by and based on Seth Grahame-Smith‘s novel of the same name. Now we’ve got a trailer for international audiences that has a lot more footage, and also offers some dialogue from Dominic Cooper. Check it out below. Read More »
Two of Tim Burton‘s projects for 2012, Dark Shadows (which he directed) and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (which he produced, with Timur Bekmambetov directing) have yet to show any footage to the public. But both are slowly rolling out new images.
We’ve got four new pics today of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, which is a June 22 release that stars Benjamin Walker, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Alan Tudyk, Anthony Mackie and Dominic Cooper, with Rufus Sewell and Erin Wasson. Check out the images below. Read More »
What we’ve seen so far of the film adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith‘s novel Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter has been limited to scant images and a couple posters. Now there is a new poster — and it is pretty bad, leading to some suspicion that it is not official — but also a behind the scenes video that shows Benjamin Walker in action as the 16th President and vampire killer. Read More »
Need help puzzling out that headline? Here you go: Yolki, aka Six Degrees of Celebration, is a Russian film that is about “eight different Russians – from eight different time zones – and how their destinies intersect one New Years Eve.”(Ok, so maybe it isn’t quite the Russian version of New Year’s Eve, if only because it doesn’t have Bon Jovi and Robert De Niro, but close enough, I think.)
The original film was co-directed by Timur Bekmambetov, better known in the US for his Night Watch films, as well as Wanted and the upcoming Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. He was also one of the directors who contributed to the sequel, Yolki 2, which just opened in Russia last weekend.
Now a Chinese remake of Yolki is brewing, with a plan to center the story around the Chinese New Year. Bekmambetov will direct part of that, too. Read More »