Abraham Lincoln was a great man who served the country of the USA, and fought off vampires from taking over the world. At least thats what “really happened” according to the fictional account created by author Seth Grahame-Smith. Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox, a behind the scenes video, poster, and images have been released for the eagerly awaiting fans of the thriller adaptation, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
The film adaptation of the novel by Grahame-Smith is being directed by Timur Bekmambetov with the script actually being written by Grahame-Smith as well. The cast features Benjamin Walker, Dominic Cooper, Anthony Mackie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jimmi Simpson, Robin McLeavy, Alan Tudyk and Rufus Sewell.
Teaming up with Bekmambetov is Tim Burton and Jim Lemley to help produce the adaptation.
The official plot description is as follows:
“Indiana, 1818. Moonlight falls through the dense woods that surround a one-room cabin, where a nine-year-old Abraham Lincoln kneels at his suffering mother’s bedside. She’s been stricken with something the old-timers call “Milk Sickness.”
“My baby boy…” she whispers before dying.
Only later will the grieving Abe learn that his mother’s fatal affliction was actually the work of a vampire.
When the truth becomes known to young Lincoln, he writes in his journal, “henceforth my life shall be one of rigorous study and devotion. I shall become a master of mind and body. And this mastery shall have but one purpose…” Gifted with his legendary height, strength, and skill with an ax, Abe sets out on a path of vengeance that will lead him all the way to the White House.
While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.
Using the journal as his guide and writing in the grand biographical style of Doris Kearns Goodwin and David McCullough, Seth has reconstructed the true life story of our greatest president for the first time-all while revealing the hidden history behind the Civil War and uncovering the role vampires played in the birth, growth, and near-death of our nation.”
You can see the behind the scenes video below as well as the international poster and a few stills from the set.