New Details for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Posted 12.18.10 by Ryan
Writer Seth Grahame-Smith has only created two novels, but both have become best-sellers and both are being adapted into movies. The latest, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, blends history and vampires as it tells the story of the 16th President of the United States as if his mother was killed by vampires, and his life was dedicated to destroying the undead and their slave-owning helpers.
Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) will direct the movie and produce alongside fellow director Tim Burton. In August, Bekmambetov revealed that the adaptation will "be historically correct" and won't be a comedy, which seems impossible and unlikely given the undead twist given to actual historical events.
No cast has been announced yet, but The Wrap reports that Australian actor Eric Bana is "circling" the title role.
While Bana isn't confirmed for the role, an announcement should be forthcoming since Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter begins production next month. According to NOLA, shooting will start on January 24 in New Orleans and continue for an unspecified length of time.
Also lacking a cast is the adaptation of Grahame-Smith's Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which blends zombies and Jane Austen's classic novel. Rumors continue to spread that James McAvoy and Anne Hathaway are being considered for the lead roles of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett, respectively. McAvoy and Hathaway are no strangers to Austen, having co-starred in the 2007 Austen bio-pic Becoming Jane, which makes the casting rumor seem far too convenient to be true. So far, both actors remained unconfirmed for the roles.
Mike White is directing the movie. Writer-director David O. Russell adapted the book into a screenplay and was set to direct with Natalie Portman producing and starring as Bennett, until both exited the project. No start date has been announced yet.