Well, this is a bit of a bummer. Late last year we were tracking development of an intriguing new HBO Cold War drama that had initially eyed 'Breaking Bad''s Aaron Paul for the leading role, dubbed 'The Missionary.' The role went to 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' star Benjamin Walker, though 'Breaking Bad's Jesse Plemons signed on for a supporting role, with the show to be produced by Mark Wahlberg. Has the project officially gone cold?
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Let's think of all the horrible movies that audiences were subjected to this past year. Titles like 'John Carter,' 'Battleship' and 'Snow White and the Huntsman' probably come to mind, right? Well, as part of our 2012 ScreenCrush Awards, we asked our readers to vote for the Worst Movie of the 2012, and one name emerged out of the cinematic muck -- 'Abraham Lincoln.'
Earlier in the summer we were excited to learn that 'Breaking Bad' star Aaron Paul was in talks to take the title role in HBO's upcoming drama 'The Missionary,' after the AMC drama's 2013 end of course. As of now, it appear that Paul wasn't able to commit to the HBO period drama's European shoot, and the pay-cable network has subbed in 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' star Benjamin Walker for the titular role. So what's 'The Missionary' all about?
When it comes to winning big at the box office, never bet against Pixar. 'Brave' is not only the acclaimed animation studio's thirteenth film, it is their thirteenth film to open at number one at the box office. It's a track record that just about everyone else in Hollywood would kill for.
This weekend the revisionist historical fantasy ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’ comes stampeding into theatres (wait for it, that reference will make sense). The film imagines a world in which the 16th President witnessed his mother’s death at the hands of a ghastly (and frankly smarmy) vampire as a boy and, as such, as a man prevents the dissolution of the Union by day and wields an unholy axe in his fight against the slave-owning undead population of the South by night.
This strange brew was concocted from the minds of producer Tim Burton and scribe Seth Grahame Smith (who adapted his novel of the same name for the screen). Burton tapped visually innovative action-director Timur Bekmambetov (‘Wanted’) to helm the film whom he trusted to capture the style of the genre mash-up. We had the opportunity to speak to Bekmambetov about his take on Lincoln’s life as a filmmaker who hails from Russia, creating the look of his monsters and tone of his action and Lincoln for President in 2016.
A delightful horror romp through history! A fun and gnarly tall tale that cleverly mixes presidential esoterica and fantasy fun! An eye candy treat from the special effects wizard behind 'Night Watch!'
I was itching to come out of 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' spouting all of the above and more. Sadly, the only thing I could come up with to say about this thoroughly asinine, tone-deaf picture was "that was offensive to history."
‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’ is one part fantasy/horror, one part imaginative historical biopic and one part period romance. Each of the characters must traverse the various aspects of the story throughout the course of the film. But there is one character that is living in the later two thirds of the formula (with zero interaction with the first) for the vast majority of the tale: Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s Mary Todd Lincoln.
We had the opportunity to speak with the actress recently about essentially being in a period drama while her cast mates made an action film, playing a 19th century Hillary Clinton and what makes her vampires the vampiriest.
Audiences know what they’re getting out of ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.’ The self-explanatory title pretty much strips away the majority of the mystery, no? All that’s left is for Timur Bekmambetov to reveal his kinetic visual trickery, which could go a long way to distancing ‘Hunter’ from the summer-blockbuster pack. This new clip might help.
Memorial Day is a time where we honor those troops who went out or are still in battle in order to protect America's freedom. But the folks over at 20th Century Fox want you to also honor those who will be protecting us from the forces of undead evil in the brand new trailer for 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.'