Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is directed by Timur Bekmambetov and produced by Tim Burton. A story about one of America’s most loved president and his secret life as a vampire hunter. It is certainly a new twist to the life of America’s favorite president. Just how did this concept came into existence? Let’s take a look at an early interview with the director Timor Bekmambetov, Benjamin Walker and Seth Grahame-Smith on the new movie “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”
“Benjamin Walker, Timur Bekmambetov, and Seth Grahame-Smith Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Interview
So much of the book is told through Lincoln’s journal entries. How does that transition onto the big screen without losing anything?
Seth Grahame-Smith: “It’s a challenge. We incorporate voice over through Lincoln’s journal entries and letters to other people very sparingly. You don’t want to saturate people with voice over, but at the same time we do want to use that device. We do use the device of Lincoln sort of looking back on some of these events through his journal entries.”
Benjamin Walker: “And the passing down of his stories is very much a key in his book and is in the movie.”
Do you throw some politics in or is this just an action-packed movie from beginning to end? Do you have time to parallel both aspects of Lincoln’s life?
Seth Grahame-Smith: “You can’t make even an action movie about Abraham Lincoln without addressing politics because it’s such a huge part of his life. We do address the politics in the movie, but always in the context of politics, he’s using it as another weapon in his arsenal to fight vampires.”
Benjamin Walker: “It’s not one of those movies where it’s talking, talking – fight – talking, talking. It’s all just different tools for telling Lincoln’s story. The fighting, the politics, it’s all part of it.”
Talk a little it about the tone. What were you trying to stay consistent with?
Seth Grahame-Smith: “It’s tricky. Like I’ve said before, the premise is an absurd premise. I think that because it’s so absurd, it’s very easy to fall into doing it as a lark and making a joke of the whole thing. What we chose to do, and what I chose to do in the book, is to take an absurd premise and treat it very seriously and do it very straightforward. I think that what you will see in the tone of the movie is a very serious sort of muscular, straightforward presentation of a superhero origin story in a way. It is dark, it is violent, but we never flinch. We never wink at the audience and say, ‘Ha ha, we know how silly this all is.’”
Benjamin Walker: “Right. The joke is in the title and that’s where it ends.”
Seth Grahame-Smith: “Yeah, absolutely.”
You guys went very dark and violent in this movie. Was that always something you thought you were going to make a scary vampire movie? Or were you going to play with it more?
Timur Bekmambetov: “No, there was no choice because they are bad and Lincoln’s weapon was an ax.”
Benjamin Walker: “Right. It’s not like you are a sniper killing them from a thousand yards out. You’re getting right up there in their face and you’re going their blood on you.”
Seth Grahame-Smith: “We are not going to tickle them to death.”
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter stars Benjamin Walker, Dominic Cooper, Anthony Mackie and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter will be coming to theaters near you on June 22nd 2012.
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