Time Magazine has released a new teaser trailer for the first of two Abraham Lincoln films coming out this year. While the later one will be a prestige film from Steven Spielberg, the first certainly has the attention of the geeks, recasting the 16th US president as a vampire hunter. It is based on the 2010 mashup novel from Seth Grahame-Smith, the author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
The official synopsis reads: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter explores the secret life of our greatest President, and the untold story that shaped our nation. Visionary filmmakers Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov (director of Wanted) bring a fresh and visceral voice to the blood-thirsty lore of the vampire, imagining Lincoln as history’s greatest hunter of the undead.
The film stars the likes of Benjamin Walker, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Anthony Mackie, Dominic Cooper, Alan Tudyk, Jimmi Simpson and Rufus Sewell. The trailer plays without any sense of fun, which we think is needed for this kind of film. Let’s hope this finds an audience, as it is the kind of mashup madness that this ship we call the 21st century needs.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is released in Australian on 21 June 2012 from Fox. It is released on 22 June 2012 in the US.