Update For Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

More news has came out about the highly anticipated Pride and Prejudice and Zombies follow up Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. It sounds like the title for an online comic, or maybe a vampire movie spoof right? But thankfully its not!

The novel written by Seth Grahame-Smith was recently optioned for film  and 20th Century Fox released promo posters for the film via IGN, like the one above. “Honest Abe” takes on the role of a vampire hunter to avenge the murder of his mother. The book is written based on the “secret journal” kept by the former president telling us the “truth” about vampires and their importance in the civil-war and the origin of our great nation.

The concept for book and film seems quite unique in my opinion.  When I first saw this poster, I thought to myself, “there is no way that a real movie… It has to be a joke or something!”  And that’s when I stumbled upon the actual book and read that it’s being made into a movie by a legitimate film production company.  Oh and did I mention that Tim Burton, Timur Bekmambetov and Jim Lemley are all teaming up to produce this film?

If you have read his other incredibly successful novel, Pride And Prejudice And Zombies (which is also in the works to become a movie) then you will love this one. Fans of Grahame-Smith will want to keep an eye out for both films as they hit theaters.

The book has received some mixed reviews though.  The Los Angeles Times gave it a positive review noting:

“a writer who can transform the greatest figure from 19th century American history into the star of an original vampire tale with humor, heart and bite is a rare find indeed.”

Entertainment Weekly on the other hand gave the book a C+ calling it:

“a trivial book, clinging to a fad past its prime — a labored send-up that refracts the life story of one of the most important, famous, and minutely analyzed figures in all of American history through a cockeyed and ultimately foolish lens.”

No matter what people may say about the books, I think I’ll most likely see this movie.  (Even if it’s just out of morbid curiosity…)  The movie is scheduled to release on June 22, 2012.

And in case you missed it, Grahame-Smith also has another project in the works to become a movie, that hasn’t even been released yet as a book. You can read about Unholy Night here.

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