I have always been an amateur historian, with a deep interest in the history of the great tragedy of our country, the Civil War. I am also a fan of those who write alternate history novels.
When I discovered Seth Grahame-Smith’s book, “Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter,” I was quickly caught up in a novel that took the story of the legendary U.S. president in directions that were very far from many people’s imaginations.
After reading it, I became convinced that the book would make a great movie, if the right people got behind it. In the months to come, word came out that filmmaker Tim Burton (Disney’s “Alice In Wonderland”), along with famed movie director Timur Bekmambetov (“Wanted”) had acquired the movie rights with their own funds and were working on the project.
Immediately speculation started on possible casting decisions for the many characters. With the novel’s author writing the script, the interest in the movie was growing steadily.
This past week, word got out of a bidding war waging among many studios, including Sony, Paramount and Universal, just to name a few, for the proposed film. According to reports on Deadline.com, one studio, Twentieth Century Fox, pulled out the stops to show its desire. When Burton and Bekmambetov arrived at the studio for a meeting about the project with executives, the studio had bloody footprints all about, signs in parking places proclaiming them to be for vampire hunters only, and a banner hanging in the studio proclaiming the project, and topped it all off with someone in Confederate uniform blowing Taps as the individuals entered their meeting.
Well, they must have really poured it on in the meeting, because, according to report, Fox came to terms with the duo and the project will be going before the cameras in March, with a 3-D film tentatively scheduled for release in 2012.
Now, with Tim Burton as one of the producers, the smart money is on the fact that Burton’s friend Johnny Depp will very likely be in the cast. I seriously doubt that no one, not even the studio could successfully sell Depp as the actor to play Lincoln, but this writer believes that Depp would be the absolute best choice to play the vampire, Henry Sturges, in the film. The character is a very unique one that an actor with the noted skills of Depp could take and make unforgettable.
If you haven’t read the book, I recommend it, especially if you are a fan of vampire novels. It is currently available in hardback, audiobook and as an e-book. I, for one, will be looking forward to the movie when it comes out to see what Hollywood does to this very intriguing story.