A new featurette for director Timur Beckmambetov’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter has gone online. Bits and pieces of new footage are interspersed with Beckmambetov, writer Seth Grahame-Smith, and producer Tim Burton talking about the film. Essentially they’re selling the movie as a valid entry in the superhero genre, with Burton going so far as to compare their Abraham Lincoln to Batman. I wasn’t a huge fan of Beckmambetov’s Wanted, and I’m still not convinced that Vampire Hunter won’t be a series of action sequences filled with so-earnest-it’s-cheesy dialogue. I’d love nothing more than to be pleasantly surprised, but I still feel like the film would’ve been a lot more fun if the premise had been played tongue-in-cheek.
Hit the jump to watch the featurette. The pic stars Benjamin Walker, Dominic Cooper, Rufus Sewell, Anthony Mackie, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead and opens in 3D on June 22nd.
For Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, we were taken to Springfield, Illinois to talk to star Benjamin Walker, director Timur Bekmambetov, producer Jim Lemley and writer Seth Grahame-Smith. They showed us the film’s trailer, producer Tim Burton’s introduction, a behind the scenes featurette, and gave us a Q&A for over 30 minutes. Here’s a few of the things they talked about:
- On casting Benjamin Walker, they saw him playing Bloody Andrew Jackson
- It was shot in Louisiana for budgetary reasons
- Writer Seth Grahame-Smith sees the film as like a superhero origin story
- Expect it to be bloody and scary
- There is the possibility of a sequel
- For the director, it was about finding the reality of the fantasy
- The original story came from seeing Twlight books and Lincoln biographies
Hit the jump for the video and transcript.
The marketing campaign for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter kicked off this week with both the first trailer and an international trailer, and now a featurette for the film has been released. I’m still getting used to the fact that the conceit is being played super duper serious. They have to acknowledge the fact that Abraham Lincoln fighting vampires is ridiculous, right? It’s becoming creepily serious in this new featurette, as director Timur Beckmambatov and producer Tim Burton talk about the film with the utmost conviction. I’m still hoping the film is a fun ride, but I remain wary.
Hit the jump to watch the featurette. The film stars Benjamin Walker, Rufus Sewell, and Anthony Mackie. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter opens in 3D on June 22nd. [Updated: We've added an intro by Tim Burton after the jump.]