The world got its first glimpse of Timur Bekmambetov’s “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” on Monday as 20th Century Fox released a teaser-trailer for the highly anticipated tentpole.
Starring Benjamin Walker as Honest Abe and Mary Elizabeth Winstead (“Smashed”) as his wife, Mary Todd, “Vampire Hunter” is based on the popular mashup novel by Seth Grahame-Smith and tells the faux story of Abraham Lincoln, who goes on a quest to rid the world of vampires after his mother is murdered by monsters.
Tim Burton produced the film with Bekmambetov.
Domestic auds know Bekmambetov from the 2008 box office hit “Wanted,” hence the heavy use of slow-motion here (think Guy Richie/”Sherlock Holmes” wood explosions).
“We are keeping the traditional look of Lincoln,” Bekmambetov recently told Empire. “The big hat and the beard. He has to be historically correct, but with a few special weapons.”
Bekmambetov actually got his start with vampire features, “Night Watch” and “Day Watch,” so “Vampire Hunter” could fall right into his wheelhouse.
Fox’s “Abraham Lincoln” marks what could be a surprisingly potent June for the studio. Despite being surrounded by Marvel superheroes and G.I. Joes, the studio will release Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus” on June 9 before “Lincoln” bows on June 22.
And I know what some of you are thinking: “Abe Lincoln and vampires?? Puh-lease.” Well if you like your history pics more…honest…then Spielberg’s Lincoln film, starring Daniel Day Lewis, arrives this Christmas. Otherwise, I wouldn’t write off Fox’s “Vampire Hunter” just yet.
Shot in 3D last year in Louisiana, “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” was adapted for the screen by Seth Grahame-Smith and Simon Kinberg.