Timur Bekmambetov Directing Abe Lincoln Vampire Hunter, Others

Timur Bekmambetov is a wanted man. Get it? Because he directed a movie called “Wanted”? Ahem. In any case, the Russian director has been attached to a variety of projects since “Wanted” blew away Angelina Jolie’s brains and the brains of moviegoers everywhere to the tune of $341 million in worldwide grosses.

Speaking to Empire, Bekmambetov now confirms that he is, indeed, directing a movie version of the Seth Grahame-Smith novel “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”.

“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.”

Abe is expected to be slicing vampires in theaters as early as 2011, though 2012 looks more likely.

Meanwhile, Bekmambetov also updates the progress of “Wanted 2” (in a word, it won’t happen until he wraps “Vampire Hunter”), “20,000 Leagues Under The Sea” with the Brothers Scott (he wants to direct, but it might not happen), “Moby Dick” (they’re still working on the script), and what some fans might be waiting for, the third part in his “Watch” trilogy, “Twilight Watch” (aka “Dusk Watch”), which he says maybe one day he return to, but it’s not gonna happen anytime soon.