Can a film be both historically accurate and rooted in the premise Abraham Lincoln was a fearless vampire killer? Timur Bekmambetov thinks so. He's directing the big-screen adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's best-selling novel Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter, scheduled for release next summer. While other directors tasked with bringing the story to the screen might be willing to sacrifice period detail, Bekmambetov is not. Not by a long shot.
Michael Cieply of The New York Times recently spent some time on the set in Louisiana, and came away impressed with the producers "meticulously researched, surprisingly authentic, three-dimensional past — but with vampires." Filming isn't taking place in a studio, but on the 179 year-old Evergreen Plantation. Cieply spotted production designer François Audouy studying "sorting through a stack seemingly authentic Civil War maps, just a tiny sampling of the myriad props that are turning 'Vampire Hunter' into a true period epic" The film's two costume designers "made or rented at least 8,000 outfits" for the film. When the filmmakers has needed to reproduce maps, they've gone to the Library of Congress for assistance, and also consulted Illinois state historian on the details of Lincoln's life.
We're guessing he wasn't much help on the vampire-slaying parts.
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