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There is a heated auction around the live-action adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s novel “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”. Director Timur Bekmambetov (“Night Watch”, “Day Watch”, “Wanted”) and producer Tim Burton spent their own money on the rights earlier this year, and have been shopping the film around Hollywood. Sony, Universal, Paramount, Summit, and Fox are all reportedly in the running to land the much sought after project.
However, Fox apparently really wants the movie, according to Deadline.
When Tim and Timur and their entourage of reps came to the Fox lot to present the project … they were met with a huge banner at the gate. It had the title treatment of the script and was emblazoned, “Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov present ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’”. At their parking spot were signs saying “Parking For Vampire Hunters Only: park at your own risk,” and so forth. There were bloody footprints lining the walkway and stairs leading from their cars to the meeting in Building 88 with images from the book and lines from the script. As if that were not enough, there also were bloody axes strewn about, and a bugle player in a Confederate uniform playing “Taps”.
That is a pretty incredible welcome. Here is the book trailer for “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” that really captures the spirit of the book. And if the trailer for the book looks this awesome, imagine what the movie will be like.