Opening this weekend is director Timur Bekmambetov‘s (Wanted) Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Based on the book of the same name from Pride and Prejudice and Zombies author Seth Grahame-Smith and produced by Tim Burton, the film imagines that Lincoln’s mother and grandfather were killed by a vampire and that the president’s resolve to end slavery was due in part to the “fact” that vampires were involved with the slave trade. Playing Lincoln is newcomer Benjamin Walker and he stars alongside Rufus Sewell, Anthony Mackie, Dominic Cooper, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. For more on the film, here’s all our previous coverageand three clips with twenty minutes of behind-the-scenes footage.
A few days ago I got to speak with Timur Bekmambetov and Seth Grahame-Smith in New York City. We talked about making Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, what historical events from Lincoln’s life they felt needed to be included, what was cut due to budgetary reasons, their favorite movies, and Bekmambetov gave a Wanted 2 update. Hit the jump to watch.
Timur Bekmambetov Seth Grahame-Smith
- What was it like premiering the movie in the Middle East in front of two thousand troops
- What are some of their favorite movies
- What historical events from Lincoln’s life had to be in the movie
- Did they cut anything out during the development process due to budgetary reasons
- What have the last few weeks been like for Seth Grahame-Smith and Bekmambetov talks about the status of Wanted 2