- Joined Dec 13, 2004
Steven Spielberg has been wanting to make his big Abraham Lincoln biopic epic for many years now, but other filmmakers aren't daunted by his Abe-related delays. Robert Redford wrapped up filming recently of The Conspirator, about the trial of John Wilkes Booth's female collaborator. And now, directors Tim Burton (Alice in Wonderland) and Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted, Night Watch) are reuniting as producers on their own Lincoln project, after also co-producing last year's 9 together. And boy, it's a doozie. Burton and Bekmambetov will co-produce an adaptation of Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter, the second "mash up" novel by Seth Grahame-Smith, the author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. An adaptation of that novel is also in development, with Natalie Portman producing and attached to star as Elizabeth Bennet, and with David O. Russell (Three Kings, I Heart Huckabees) in talks to direct. The premise of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is pretty much exactly what you would expect. After his mother dies at the fangs of a vampire, the young future 16th president dedicates himself to eradicating vampires from the United States, trusty axe in hand, as well as all that other important stuff that he really did do. And we don't even have to wait until filming starts to get an idea of what the trailer might look like, because the book itself already has a trailer.