Filmmakers Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov are both well-renowned for their highly-stylized and (generally) dark approach to production design; hence the general interest surrounding 20th Century Fox’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter adaptation, which Burton is producing and Bekmambetov is directing.
An official teaser trailer for Vampire Hunter could be just around the corner, seeing how Fox might want to take advantage of the increase in moviegoer traffic over the 2011 winter holiday season, and start building hype for the supernatural horror “historical revision.” In the meantime, you can check out a pair of new posters that have been released for the flick.
Here is an official description of the film:
ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER explores the secret life of our greatest President, and the untold story that shaped our nation. Visionary filmmakers Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov (director of WANTED) bring a fresh and visceral voice to the blood-thirsty lore of the vampire, imagining Lincoln as history’s greatest hunter of the undead.
The flick’s two early posters feature the same image of old Honest Abe (Benjamin Walker) sitting down, top hat hiding his bearded face, and a trusty axe in his hand – albeit, one is set outside under the cover of a full moon, the other in a dimly-lit office. Both also feature many a familiar horror trope (blue misty nightlight, Gothic shadow angles) and the red/white lettering is somewhat reminiscent of that on the poster for Burton’s Sleepy Hollow.
Have a look at the Vampire Hunter one-sheets (and see what you make of them) below:
Moving past the source material’s obvious attention-grabbing mashup concept, one of the more unique qualities of author Seth Grahame-Smith’s original Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter novel is just how straight-faced it handles the idea that the 16th U.S. President secretly waged a life-long war against blood-sucking creatures of the night. Smith’s book could be considered a “mockbiography” of sorts, since it very much imitates the style of a factual literary account of Lincoln’s life (ex. Doris Kearns Goodwin’s “Team of Rivals”, the inspiration for director Steven Spielberg’s upcoming Lincoln).
Similarly, the Vampire Hunter script penned by Smith and Simon Kinberg (Sherlock Holmes) is expected to play out as a serious historical drama – with Wanted-style 19th-century period action set pieces and unusually-designed vampires thrown into the mix. The actual film is even going to maintain a high-degree of historical accuracy and attention to detail that matches (and, in some ways, exceeds) that of award-winning TV dramas like Mad Men and Boardwalk Empire.
Give Bekmambetov and Co. credit: that approach should ensure that this Vampire Hunter adaptation looks and feels like a rather different breed of blockbuster (hopefully, a good one).
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is slated to hit 2D and 3D theaters in the U.S. on June 22nd, 2012.