Director Timur Bekmambetov Updates Wanted 2 and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
08.10.10 by Ryan
Since directing 2008's Wanted, Timur Bekmambetov has remained pretty quiet. Bekmambetov's keen visual sense was a huge part of Wanted's success, and plans were set in place for the Russian director to work on a sequel. Those plans hit a snag when Angelina Jolie dropped out, rather ironic since Bekmambetov had devised a plan to resurrect Jolie's deceased character, even after the actress insisted her character be killed in the original. With Wanted 2 moving on without Jolie, not much news around the movie has surfaced, besides casting rumors. While Bekmambetov is still hoping to direct Wanted 2, it looks like he has another project lined up beforehand.
Bekmambetov revealed to Empire that his next directorial project will be an adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's historical horror novel, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Bekamambetov and Tim Burton bought the book rights in March and were both set to produce the adaptation, though now Bekmambetov says he wants to direct as well.
That one I’m prepping to direct myself. It is not a comedy at all — it is a very entertaining, epic history lesson for millions and millions of teenagers. If you remember Nightwatch, it is maybe in the vein of that kind of movie.
It's interesting that Bekamambetov should describe the project as "not a comedy" since any movie about the famed 16th President where he wishes to destroy vampires after they killed his mother sure seems like the tone will be at least lighthearted, but Bekmambetov may be leaning toward the historical aspects of Grahame-Smith's novel.
We are keeping the traditional look of Lincoln — the big hat and the beard. He has to be historically correct, but with a few special weapons. There is only one book, but there will be many opportunities to develop and explore this world if we get to do sequels. I hope we will start this winter. We are shooting in America.
After Abraham Lincoln, Bekamambetov says he hopes to get back to work on Wanted 2.
We are discussing Wanted 2 every month. We are working on it now, but I think it will be after Lincoln because James [McAvoy] is working on the X-Men: First Class... It’s why I decided to develop Lincoln without a studio, to keep control. It’s a big movie but independent too.
Bekmambetov's enthusiasm over these projects, unfortunately, is not carrying over to the proposed Twilight Watch, the third of his sci-fi, vampire trilogy he began in his native Russia with 2004's Night Watch and continued with 2006's Day Watch.
I hope it happens. It’s like first love — we created this world and now I’m watching the Twilight [Saga] movies, I feel like we missed something by not doing Twilight Watch. Because there are a lot of ideas in those films that we were going to use. But we didn’t finish the story. It would be good to get around to it one day.