After all the things we have said about Seth Grahame-Smith’s latest book, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, you wouldn’t think we would have more to add right? Wrong.
The latest bit of Hollywood gossip is that director Tim Burton is set to turn this kickass vampire book into a movie. From Christmas, to chocolate, to Alice and now to our 16th president.
Word is that Burton will produce the Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter flick and that Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) has signed on to direct. As for the screenplay, that will be penned by Seth Grahame-Smith, based on his own book, which was released this past week. Grahame-Smith wrote the cult hit Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which is also set for a big screen release with Natalie Portman signed on as the lead.
Ok, so as I mentioned before I loved Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter BUT I am not digging the idea of a movie. Like most people I don’t want to see a book I love twisted and distorted by a lame-ass movie. My main problem is that this book is so full of details and information that there is no way to jam all of it into a single movie.
Now if the rumor is true and the author himself is actually writing the screenplay for the flick, then maybe, just maybe, this whole movie will be able to keep true to the novel. After all, Anne Rice’s Interview with a Vampire was a very complicated tale, but thanks to the fact that she wrote the screenplay to the movie it was just as extraordinary as her original book. So we have hope in that.
I do like that it’s Timur Bekmambetov directing the film and not Tim Burton. Don’t get me wrong, Burton makes beautiful films, but his style doesn’t really mesh well with Abraham Lincoln. Bekmambetov on the other hand could totally pull it off without making it ridiculously over the top.
Overall I am a bit iffy on the plan for a movie, but if done well then it could be pretty rad. We’ll just have to wait and see.
What do you think?