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Trailer Watch: 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,' with Tim Burton Video Intro; Kinberg Talks

Photo of Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood February 15, 2012 at 1:50PM

"Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" now boasts an intro from exec producer Tim Burton, who's in production on his own vampire flick, "Dark Shadows." Burton sent this video along to accompany Fox's unveiling of the "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" trailer at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois.
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Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter

"Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" now boasts an intro from exec producer Tim Burton, who's in production on his own vampire flick, "Dark Shadows." Burton sent this video along to accompany Fox's unveiling of the "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" trailer at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois. As the blunt title suggests, "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter"(June 22, 2012), adapted by Simon Kinberg and Seth Grahame-Smith from his bestseller, incorporates fantastical blood-suckers into staid historical fiction. Directed by Russian VFX auteur Timur Bekmambetov ("Wanted"), who produced Shane Acker's dystopian animated feature '9' with Burton, the supernatural thriller/faux biopic stars Benjamin Walker and Dominic Cooper.  (Trailer and intro posted below.) 

"It's very respectful of the book," Kinberg told TOH. "It's a challenge not unlike 'X-Men: First Class': both films have to seem relevant, cool, true to the period, yet contemporary." Like Burton's "Alice in Wonderland," Bekmambetov brings "such visual imagination, incredible visuals," says Kinberg, "in the sense of creating a universe in which the actors can't get in the way of the characters." Juilliard-trained Broadway Walker, who played Andrew Jackson on Broadway, "is the weird reincarnation of Abraham Lincoln."

With such movies as last summer's "Cowboys & Aliens" and the upcoming "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," studios are still chasing the hybrid genre trend.  Results often depend on how seriously the films take themselves. Like "Cowboys & Aliens" and the Austen-Zombie combo, "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" is nothing if not high concept: we'll see how the filmmakers carry that off.  The trailer's dark sepia tones and dramatic speeches could fit both historical fiction and fantasy thriller.

While "Vampire Hunter" puts a gothic twist on Lincoln's legacy, for those who want a straight-up Lincoln biopic, wait 'til December, which brings Daniel Day-Lewis as the 16th President in Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln."
 

[via Hey U Guys]

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.