Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is coming, and the latest news goes like this: Wanted helmer Timur Bekmambetov is set to direct it!
Ok, this project is definitely not a surprise, because, as you remember, we previously reported that Tim Burton is set to produce a live action feature based on the book of the same name.
But that’s not the only reason why we’re here today…
“Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter 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,” Bekmambetov said.
And, just in case you’re wondering what’s happening with director’s other high profile projects, here are the answers:
“We are discussing Wanted 2 every month. We are working on it now, but I think it will be after “Lincoln” because James McAvoy is working on the X-Men: First Class.
As for the 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, Bekmambetov said:
“Yes, it is happening. We are in development with a writer and Ridley Scott’s people. It’s early in development. I would like to direct myself – it’s a great tale that I love from my childhood. It will be a modernized version of the famous book.”
Other projects in development are The Knights Templar and the English version of Russian Black Lightningmovie produced by Bekmambetov and directed by Alexandr Voitinsky and Dmitriy Kiselev, neither of which he plans to direct.
When it comes to The Last Witch Hunter movie, Bekmambetov answered:
“I am not working on that one. It was in discussion but is not happening now.”
Busy man? We’ll keep an eye on his projects, don’t worry!