Seth Grahame-Smith: ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter 2′ is a Possibility

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 12th, 2012 at 10:46 pm,

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Over the weekend, Screen Rant participated in a special (and surreal) event for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter in honest Abe’s hometown of Springfield, IL. While there, we visited the 16th president’s tomb, climbed into the ordinarily restricted (and highly creepy) areas just above the grave-site’s of Lincoln’s wife Mary and three of their sons, took a midnight tour of the presidential library, were granted a peak into his highly-guarded vault and screened several minutes of footage from the film.

We will have an early look at the Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter trailer, a “making of” featurette, video interview with director Timur Bekambetov and star Benjamin Walker, excerpts from our Q&A with Bekmambetov, Seth Grahame-Smith (Writer/Author), Walker and Jim Lemley (Producer) and a more detailed accounting of the event very soon.

In the interim, we invite you to imagine what a sequel to this seemingly one-off actioner would look like. Novelist and co-screenwriter Grahame-Smith has notably compared his re-imaging of our 16th President’s history to that of a Superhero origin tale. Origin stories, by their nature, however, offer a vision of the hero-in-question’s beginnings, but they do not offer an end. When Grahame-Smith was asked if this film would leave room for a continued exploration of the imagined world he answered thusly:

“The short answer is yes, absolutely. If you read the book there’s an epilogue that leaves things open to that. In the film, without giving anything away, we don’t definitively end the origin story. We leave,  not only a mentor story, but also possibly a Lincoln story open.”

Yet, we all know the facts of Lincoln’s tragic end. So in what manner would this version of his life continue? At different points in the evening, the filmmakers asserted that there were several possibilities for a franchise.

Producer Jim Lemley followed up on Grahame-Smith’s answer by saying:

“This is a struggle that was going on before Lincoln punctuated it, but it’s probably going on now.”

So perhaps we will see a sequel that takes the characters that are established in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and brings them into our present time? The author and director each stressed that this film bridges three worlds: the historical world, the fantasy world and our contemporary world. Now, that may not (and likely does not) indicate that our present day will be seen in this film. Indeed it likely means that the movie is aesthetically modern in its effects as well as visual palette – and, as Bekambetov reflected, an awareness that they are making the film “for a young audience.”  But there did seem to be an intent for us to understand that this was not a story that necessarily concludes with the credits.

Indeed, as Bekambetov asserts, when you engage in fantastically revisionist history all the rules change:

“The scary thing is that they can convert you. This is the scariest thing. Because we know that Lincoln was killed in the theater, but the whole movie you are afraid that they will bite him and we don’t know who was killed in that theater, and how…”

Based on the filmmakers statements we must ask: Will we see some version of The Devil’s Double in the time of the civil war? And will Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter 2 ultimately be: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire?

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter opens in theaters on June 22nd, 2012.

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  1. Read the book for more answers ;) I am so excited for this movie. How soon for the trailer?

    • I think the trailer is released today.

      • We will have the trailer here in the early afternoon!

  2. On paper and lithograph Lincoln appears as a Gothic fictional character.
    I can see why Lincoln inspired the book and later the upcoming film.
    Lincoln looks like he walked off the pages of Edgar Allen Poe.

    And there is the air of the mystical about him and his family.
    I could sense the creepiness you described of their graves.
    His wife radiated a strange but real sense of madness.

    All of this is perfect fodder for the film but part of me
    wonders of it is fair to Lincoln because of his legacy.
    I guess for me I could not see seeing this movie.

    Lincoln is such a great man who is so instrumental in the history
    of America and gave his last full measure of devotion to her.

    There was an otherworldliness about Lincoln.
    The supernatural was involved in his life.
    In his case it was divine providence.

  3. Can you make any comments about the footage you saw? Did you enjoy it?

    • Yes, we will have a footage response with the trailer as well as a featurette.

  4. Have you even read the book? These were horrible questions. OF COURSE a sequel is possible.

  5. I just saw this movie today 07/07/12. Ever since I saw the trailer, it caught my attention. One of my favorite subjects in school was History, and seeing this movie brought back to mind things I learned in History class, well minus the Vampire stuff obviously. I loved this movie and if there was to be a sequel to it, I will see it. Oh and the special effects were awesome!

  6. I just finished watching this movie, I liked it a lot. The ending made me think, there should really be a sequel to it! I would go see it for sure, Loved everything about this movie.

  7. I just bought this movie, and I so wished I saw it on the big screen! It was fantastic! I loved how they used characters that were in Abraham’s life for real. I hope they make a sequel even if it is about Henry helping someone in our century!

  8. I wanted to see this movie in theaters, but I completely missed it. Later, I finally saw the movie yesterday on my way home from Hawaii on a plane and was blown away by it! I learned about Abraham Lincoln in elementary and I actually thought that making him a vampire hunter was genius! So, about the sequel. It may be a possiblility, but it only depends on how well it does at the box office. However, since I like the movie, I think I would like a sequel too.

  9. What about a prequel for a sequel? George Washington : Vampire Hunter. You guys have a whole bunch of presidents to play with so you don’t necessarily need to go to Lincoln again….

  10. I have watched a load of films in my life.. i like horror, sci fi.. sci fi horror.. this movie for me is quite simply a master piece.. looking forward to part two with lincoin as a vampire slaying vampires in modern times with flash backs to the past.. might be good if his murder was staged by his goverment in the past because he had been turned.. would open up flash backs through out time leading up to him being a powerful slayer working within modern America as head of goverment team.. he could also dabble in politics and law in some way.. one of many the good things about this movie is it could go in a ton different directions opening up the option for another one or two movies at least..