Fox’s ‘Vampire Hunter’ to open in 2012

Studio dates Bekmambetov and Burton's 3D adaptation

Twentieth Century Fox will open Timur Bekmambetov’s high-profile fantasy-actioner “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” on June 22, 2012.

The 3D film is based on Seth Grahame-Smith’s book of the same name. Grahame-Smith is penning the adapted script.

Tim Burton, Bekmambetov and Jim Lemley are producing the project, which pits Lincoln against real-life vampires. Insiders say pre-production will begin immediately. Production budget is $69 million.

In Grahame-Smith’s book, published in March by Grand Central Publishing, the driving force behind Lincoln’s political life and battle to end slavery is his quest to kill vampires, who feed off slaves. Even Lincoln’s assassin, John Wilkes Booth, is a vampire.

Fox won a fierce bidding war for the project, which was packaged and shopped by WME.