Timur Bekmambetov Directs Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
The man with most difficult name to pronounce in Hollywood, Timur Bekmambetov, has signed on to direct Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. We previously reported that Timur and Tim Burton were circling the project and now in an interview with Empire, Timur confirms that he’ll be in the driving seat.
The film is based on the book by ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ author Seth Grahame-Smith and will see Abraham Lincoln going on a revenge mission to kill all vampires whilst saving the union and ending slavery.
“That one I’m prepping to direct myself. It is not a comedy at all – it is a very entertaining, epic history lesson for millions and millions of teenagers. If you remember Nightwatch, it is maybe in the vein of that kind of movie.”
“We are keeping the traditional look of Lincoln – the big hat and the beard. He has to be historically correct, but with a few special weapons. There is only one book, but there will be many opportunities to develop and explore this world if we get to do sequels. I hope we will start this winter. We are shooting in America.”
For those of you who haven’t seen Nightwatch, it’s probably the best example of Timur’s style and what interests him. Wanted – not so much. Nightwatch is a very dark supernatural action epic that’s the first part of a trilogy, followed up by Day Watch and then the yet to be made Twilight Watch.
“I hope it happens. It’s like first love – we created this world and now I’m watching the Twilight movies, I feel like we missed something by not doing Twilight Watch. Because there are a lot of ideas in those films that we were going to use. But we didn’t finish the story. It would be good to get around to it one day. “