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Timur Bekmambetov Creating Post-Apocalyptic Wizard of Oz Television Series


The Wizard of Oz reboots and adaptations just don’t stop coming. A new version of the classic world from the mind of L. Frank Baum, is about to hit the small screen this time. Deadline has reported that director Timur Bekmambetov will be serving as executive producer and potentially directing an upcoming miniseries called “Warriors of Oz” which will be airing on SyFy. Continue reading

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Announces Special Screening For Navy

20th Century Fox took advantage of the holiday last weekend and released a new trailer for Timur Bekmambetov’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter on Memorial Day. The video gives fans a look at weaponry and numerous slayings over a recital of the president’s Gettysburg Address.

This is the third and final trailer to be released for the film. Fox also announced that there will be a special screening of the film for the sailors aboard the Navy aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln in June.

Cast members Benjamin Walker, Anthony Mackie and Erin Wasson are scheduled to attend the event, as well as Bekmambetov, screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith and producer Jim Limley.

We’re very excited that 20th Century Fox and Navy Entertainment wanted to provide ABE’s crew the opportunity to preview the new Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter movie while we’re out here on deployment,” Capt. John D. Alexander, Commanding Officer of USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) said in a press release. “We’re extremely fortunate that the studio wants to give us an early showing. It’s something that we’ve never experienced before on this ship, and we’re extremely grateful for their willingness to share this with our sailors.”

Walker said he is looking forward to meeting the sailors, and hopes they enjoy the event.

I hope it brings them excitement, goodwill and a taste of home,” he said.

Lemley commented how he is pleased and proud to have such an opportunity.

We hope they enjoy our film and know how much everyone in the United States appreciates their service,” he said.

The cast and filmmakers are also scheduled to attend two other special screenings events at undisclosed locations, according to Ace Showbiz.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter will be in theaters June 22.

View the newest trailer below:

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is based on the novel of the same name written by Seth Grahame-Smith who also wrote the screenplay for the film. It was released on March 2, 2010, through New York–based publishing company Grand Central Publishing.

Several of the authors other novels are also on their way to the big screen including Pride and Prejudice and Zombies which was optioned by Lionsgate Entertainment, with Natalie Portman producing, and David O. Russell adapting and directing. Grahame-Smith is also attached as a producer for this project. It also been reported that his new novel, Unholy Night will be adapted in the future.

New Trailer Released For Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

The new trailer, which originally debut at WonderCon in Anaheim, California, has finally made its way online. The film, based on the novel of same name written by Seth Grahame-Smith, follows our 16th president and the truth about the life he lived… as a vampire hunting bad-ass.

The film adaptation is being directed by Timur Bekmambetov produced by him and Tim Burton. In the film, President Lincoln’s mother is killed by a supernatural creature, which fuels his passion to crush vampires and their slave-owning helpers.

The cast of the film includes:

  • Benjamin Walker as Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States.
  • Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Mary Todd Lincoln, Lincoln’s wife.
  • Rufus Sewell as Adam, the lead vampire villain.
  • Jimmi Simpson as Josh Speed, Lincoln’s friend and assistant.
  • Dominic Cooper as Henry Sturges, Lincoln’s mentor in vampire hunting.
  • Anthony Mackie as William Johnson, Lincoln’s valet and friend.
  • Robin McLeavy as Nancy Lincoln, Lincoln’s mother.
  • Alan Tudyk as Stephen A. Douglas, an American politician from Illinois.
  • Marton Csokas
  • Cameron M. Brown as Willie Lincoln, Abraham and Mary’s son

You can watch the new trailer below and the film is set to hit theaters June 22.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Viral Marketing

So the marketing department has fired off a few viral things of their own for the upcoming film, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. I’m sure the 16th president wasn’t much of a social gamer on Facebook, or much into online ciphers with GPS caching scavenger hunts. What was more within his reach however were parcels delivered by the U.S. Postal Service.

Bound in rope and wrapped in really good stock paper, various websites like Coming Soon and Crave Online received packages containing what seems to be a preserved journal from what we can presume at this point is the late former president of the United States. At least that’s what we hope, and that Lincoln doesn’t stalk the night, living in the hollowed out statue of himself. Included with the monogrammed leather bound journal was a photo of Lincoln’s mother, Nancy Todd Lincoln, and a silver bullet USB drive; possibly made with steampunk technology, everything is powered by steam! When I first saw these images, my immediate reaction was to go, “Who’s Al?” and be annoying about it. It’s got to be a good life when marketing peeps send you free swag like that.

On this stylish USB drive; manufactured in the past but popularized in the coming future where everyone will want one; contains a featurette for the upcoming movie. So it’s a trailer with interspersed commentary from the production crew.

The one thing that really caught my attention was when director Timur Bekmambetov explains that Lincoln was the Batman of his time. I didn’t think of that until now. It all makes sense. Lincoln has a parent he loved dearly, die before his eyes. Check. Lincoln knows that this is a direct result of underworldly elements that believe themselves to be above the law; and humanity. Check. Goes over the edge with control issues by training himself physically and mentally to be the best. Check. Finds specialists to teach him how to be better at it. Check! Vows to rid the world of anymore suffering due to the element that killed his parent. Check! Iconic costume and trappings that everyone can immediately identify. Stovepipe hat on. Axe sharpened. Double check! The white house even has a secret underground bunker, just like the Bat Cave!

The portion then that annoys me is how Tim Burton, producer of this film can say, “It’s an amazing story. I just felt like it’s something I haven’t seen before.” When in fact he has, having directed The Dark Knight himself.

It all ends with the cute joke, “Are you a Patriot or a Vampire?” encouraging viewers to go to the movie’s official Facebook page.  Which reminds me a lot of “You’re either with us, or against us.” No, not said by a unreasonable bully with psychological problems or control issues, but by a former President of the United States of America.

The featurette actually looked better than the official movie trailer itself. I was actually amped watching this and can’t wait to finish reading the book; half-way through right now.

The film is set for release by Twentieth Century Fox on June 22nd, based on the novel of the same name by Seth Grahame-Smith.

You can go to Coming Soon and look at images of their official Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter propaganda here.

Check out the new featurette below.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Trailer Enslaves My Imagination

What seemed to have started as a novelty novel series, has turned into a new well for Hollywood to dip it’s quill into. Twentieth Century Fox has released the first official trailer for the film Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter! The film is based on Seth Grahame-Smith’s book by the same name. Continue reading

Abraham Lincoln Kills Vampires With Skills – New Stills

6 new images from the upcoming film, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, have been released. The film which features our former president hunting down the undead menace and keeping the world safe.

This new film comes from the great mind of Seth Grahame-Smith who you might know from his hit debut novel Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Grahame-Smith also wrote the script for his novel’s adaptation.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is directed by Timur Bekmambetov and will star Benjamin Walker, Dominic Cooper, Anthony Mackie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jimmi Simpson, Robin McLeavy, Alan Tudyk and Rufus Sewell.

The official description is as follows:

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, explores the secret life of our greatest president, and the untold history that shaped our nation. As a young boy, Abraham Lincoln (Walker) witnesses the shocking death of his mother, leading him on a path to an ongoing war – and ultimately to the presidency – he chronicles in a hidden diary. The journal reveals the incredible story of a clandestine warrior who never stopped fighting for the country he led and the people he loved.

You can see the new photo stills below: