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June 22, 2012.
Loved the book....looking forward to the movie.
I love how they cast Benjamin Walker as Lincoln, Benjamin played young Liam Neeson in the movie ''Kinsey" and Neeson was actually heavily considered to play Lincoln in Spielberg's Lincoln movie. Wala lang, hehe, Benjamin and Liam should play father and son eventually. They're both amazing actors, not to mention, both very handsome as well.
the book from which it was based ...
a stupid idea, i know but ...
Benjamin Walker talks Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Timur Bekmembatov also has his say
Feb 21st 2012By George Wales
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter recently released a first teaser trailer and now star Benjamin Walker and Timur Bekmembatov have fanned anticipation still further by dropping a few nuggets of info on what we can expect from the historical horror.
“What’s great about it is we can re-examine Abraham Lincoln as a human being,” says Walker. “He’s an idol, we put him on a pedestal and see him as a a sacred figure, and we kind of distance ourselves from him, and kind of relinquished our own responsibility to be like him.”
Bekmembatov is also keen to talk up the significance of Lincoln as a protagonist. “For me, he’s a person who can take responsibility to make a decision because we live in a world where everything’s kind of gray,” explains the director. “There’s no black and white.”
Which is all well and good, but both star and director seem to be skirting around a fairly major plot point: Lincoln fights vampires! Walker acknowledges the premise is outlandish, but urges audiences to suspend their cynicism, and take a punt on the project.
“I imagine there will be some people that will be sceptical,” says the star, “and I would say, give us a shot, because in a landscape of movies where we’ve got a lot of reboots, sequels, franchises and toy movies, we’re doing something new!”
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter will open in the UK on 2 August 2012.
Official Movie Poster
President Lincoln's mother was killed by a supernatural creature, which fuels his passion to crush vampires and their slave-owning helpers.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter explores the secret life of our greatest President, and the untold story that shaped our nation. Visionary filmmakers Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov (director of Wanted) bring a fresh and visceral voice to the blood-thirsty lore of the vampire, imagining Lincoln as history’s greatest hunter of the undead.
Theatrical Release: June 22, 2012
Director: Timur Bekmambetov
Based on the book of Seth Grahame-Smith who also wrote the screenplay of the film.
Benjamin Walker as Abraham Lincoln
Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Mary Todd Lincoln (Lincoln's wife)
Rufus Sewell as Adam (lead vampire villain)
Dominic Cooper as Henry Sturges
I was able to watch a livestream chat with the film's director Timur Bekmambetov, author Seth Grahame-Smith, lead actor Benjamin Walker and main antagonist Rufus Sewell earlier this morning and here are some tidbits of the chat which I transcribed.
Question to the author: Why Lincoln? Why not Washington or Franklin? How did the book come about?
Seth Grahame-Smith: the idea came on a book tour for pride and prejudice. it's 2009, the bicentennial year of lincoln's birth and it was also the time of the twilight phenomenon. there are tons of lincoln's memorabilia and that led to my research of lincoln's life and fell inlove with lincoln's life. even moreso that washington or franklin, lincoln is the american pyche
Does the film stay true to the book?
Seth Grahame-Smith: Not entirely, there's two significant differences. 1. the book didn't have a central villain 2. the books does not have a big satisfying third act climax but the spirit and tone and the theme is very much intact.
Rufus Sewell played Adam who does not appear in the book. It was necessary to have a central vampire who represent an aspiration who sees himself as the president of the vampires - that's why I call him Adam because he's an old one, part of the ancient.
Benjamin Walker to Rufus: What sets your vampire apart?
Rufus Sewell: It's aint Twilight. They're just scary, bad vampire.
Q: if you had to pick vampires from the contemporary figures - who would you pick?
Seth Grahame-Smith: Simon Cowel and Mr. T
Q: What kind of research you did for the role?
Benjamin Walker: I read a few books about the melancholy Abraham Lincoln, Its amazing.
Q: How was it working with Tim Burton (He co-produced the film)
Timur: Difficult He's such a fan of this from the very beginning, he said he wanted to take the movie back and direct it.
Q: what's the most difficult to shoot?
Timur: A stampede scene with Lincoln killing his enemy. There were tons of horse. We shot in Louisiana because it's hard to shoot horses. They're not allowing you to shoot horses without wedding down the road. The three minutes scene is amazing with these horses.
Q: are you gonna write a sequel?
Seth: I hope so. I'm fascinated with people reading the books. There's more to abe's story, adam's story and henry story. Hopefully the film does well and everyone will be clamoring for a sequel.
I'm excited to watch this film!
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uhm. lols. sorry, i didn't know that there was already an existing thread i tried searching it but couldn't find any.
thanks to the mods
“Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” explores the secret life of one of the greatest US presidents, and the untold story that shaped a nation. Visionary filmmakers Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov (director of "Wanted") bring a fresh and visceral voice to the bloodthirsty lore of the vampire, imagining Lincoln as history's greatest hunter of the undead.
Based on the mash-up novel by Seth Grahame-Smith of which he also co-wrote the screenplay with Simon Kinberg (best known for his work in “Mr. & Mrs. Smith”), Benjamin Walker stars at the titular character on his quest for bloodthirsty vampires and trying to end a war where only the living can kill the undead. Starring alongside Walker in this vein-thumping film are Rufus Sewell, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Alan Tudyk and Dominic Cooper.
Fangs beware when the hound starts July 04 in theaters! “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” –from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros. in local theaters.
HISTORY REIMAGINED IN “ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER”
Based on the bestselling vein-thumping mashup novel by Seth Grahame-Smith, Timur Bekmambetov directs while Tim Burton and Jim Lemley produce “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.”
Dubbed as a revisionist tale of the 16th US President’s life as a politician by day and a vampire hunter by night, it stars Benjamin Walker as the iconic commander-in-chief and Dominic Cooper as his mentor. The film also stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Mary Todd Lincoln, Jimmi Simpson as Josh Speed and Anthony Mackie as Will. Alan Tudyk takes on the role of Stephen A. Douglas, while Rufus Sewell is the film’s chief antagonist vampire Adam.
“It was an adventure, like I'm entering a new world I had never been before and I wanted to explore it,” Bekmambetov says of his attraction to the project. “I wanted to meet these unbelievable characters, Abraham Lincoln, his friend, Will, his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, his enemies and his friends. And I wanted to go with him through his journey.”
And what a journey it is, as we follow the young Abraham Lincoln from his childhood right on through to some of the most important speeches of his Presidential career. But as much as we might know the central character from history lessons and his portrait on the $5 bill, here his journey has been reimagined and heightened for a modern audience. Was there more to his lifelong struggles?
It’s safe to say that ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER is no ordinary period piece. Anthony Mackie, who plays Lincoln ’s trusted confidant William H. Johnson, reveals that it’s more than just the truth which is being bent for our entertainment. “I think there are many different aspects of Timur’s ability in this film,” he enthuses. “I think if you just look at how far he’s bending the truth you know you’re also going to see that in the camera work and the acting.”
For the actor though, the film’s story is an accessible introduction to a chapter of world history that shouldn’t be forgotten. “The story of Abraham Lincoln and everything that was happening in the mid-1800s in America is so popular that we know the turn of events,” he says. “We know the dates, we know what happened. Timur has given us a different way to look at it and he’s putting people in the position to go back and refresh themselves about what happened. You get a cool story in a new and funky way.”
For the actor tasked with bringing Abraham Lincoln to life, Ben Walker, the President is such a complex character that little embellishment is needed to find an accurate portrayal. “When you really look at Abraham Lincoln and his legacy and his life, you realize how truly complex and complicated he was as a man,” Walker says. “You recognize how complicated were the issues that he lived for and that lends itself to playing him. It gives you some wiggle room too when you get to the point where you’re reinventing American history.”
“Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” opens July 04 in cinemas from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.
PRESIDENT BY DAY, VAMPIRE HUNTER BY NIGHT
“Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” tweaks history onscreen as America’s most iconic and beloved president Abraham Lincoln is portrayed as a vampire slaying powerful political figure of his time.
Visionary filmmakers Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov (director of “Wanted”) bring a fresh voice to the bloodthirsty lore of the vampire, imagining Lincoln as history's greatest hunter of the undead.
Taking the role of the multi-faceted Lincoln in the movie as politico, husband and the person he became when his mother died at a young age is stage actor Benjamin Walker who has also appeared in Clint Eastwood’s “Flags of Our Fathers” and in the movie “Kinsey”.
Before Walker takes center stage as Abraham, the audience will meet the character as a child. His journey begins when his mother Nancy is stricken with a disease of unknown origin – but recognizable to young Abraham as resulting from a vampire’s bite. Nancy was a woman of intelligence and heart, imparting on her son the notion that, “until everyone is free, we are all slaves.” Abraham never forgot those words, which came to define his views toward slavery. Nor would he ever forget the eternal evil responsible for his mother’s death: a vampire (and local businessman) named Jack Barts, portrayed by Marton Csokas, against whom Abraham swears revenge.
Finding an actor able to wear that burden was a process, says Bekmambetov. “There were two main reasons we settled on Ben Walker,” he reveals. “The first was that he shared Lincoln's personality. He has an unbelievable, grounded and sarcastic sense of humor and he's a very straightforward, honest man. The second reason was strategic: we wanted to choose an actor who brings no baggage to the screen. We wanted the audience to believe they were seeing Lincoln, and not a movie star playing Lincoln.”
Walker is aware of the challenge inherent in accepting the role. “As a country, we're always looking for heroes, and Lincoln is the quintessential American hero,” he says. “He's self-created, self-educated and a common man who made himself extraordinary. I think we're fascinated by that.”
For Walker, the story works as an allegory for Lincoln's real struggle. He may not have fought vampires in real history, but he certainly waged plenty of battles of his own. “In everyone's life, there comes a point where you have to choose how you're going to live and what kind of person you're going to be,” says Walker. “And Lincoln finds that in his life: how he's going to truly defeat this evil, whether with an axe late at night or whether he's going to put those things away and become what we know today.”
For Seth Grahame-Smith from whose book of the same title the movie was adapted and who also serves as screenwriter and executive producer for the film, meeting Walker on set for the first time was quite an experience. “It was very eerie at times,” he laughs. “Ben's a classically trained theatrical actor who went to Juilliard, and he approached the role with intense seriousness. His research and his physical and voice training were all very intense, and he didn't approach it as a genre movie; he approached it as an historical drama. I think that's one of the things that make this movie special. It has a central performance that's stronger than you usually find in these big summer movies.”
“Abraham Lincoln” Vampire Hunter” opens July 4 in theaters nationwide in 3D and 2D format from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.
Watched the trailer before Prometheus showing. Meron bang basis sa history ang movie na ito?
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If slave owners were vampires.
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