Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter Movie Going Strong

Source: Variety

Before I explain anything about this movie, here is a description of the book from which it is based, given by the publisher Grand Central Publishing:

Indiana, 1818. Moonlight falls through the dense woods that surround a one-room cabin, where a nine-year-old Abraham Lincoln kneels at his suffering mother’s bedside. She’s been stricken with something the old-timers call “Milk Sickness.”

“My baby boy…” she whispers before dying.

Only later will the grieving Abe learn that his mother’s fatal affliction was actually the work of a vampire.

When the truth becomes known to young Lincoln, he writes in his journal, “henceforth my life shall be one of rigorous study and devotion. I shall become a master of mind and body. And this mastery shall have but one purpose…” Gifted with his legendary height, strength, and skill with an ax, Abe sets out on a path of vengeance that will lead him all the way to the White House.

While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

Using the journal as his guide and writing in the grand biographical style of Doris Kearns Goodwin and David McCullough, Seth has reconstructed the true life story of our greatest president for the first time-all while revealing the hidden history behind the Civil War and uncovering the role vampires played in the birth, growth, and near-death of our nation.

Yes. 20th Century Fox has acquired the film rights for the adaptation of this Seth Graham-Smithe book. It will be directed by Timur Bekmambetov and produced by Tim Burton and will hopefully be released in 2012, assuming the world doesn’t end.

I have never heard of this book but all I want to do right now is read it. This is fantastic people, absolutely fantastic.

Spider-Man’s Menage A Trois

So we should all know by now that in the wake of Hollywood’s “quick let’s remake every single movie that doesn’t need a remake in any way” phase, Spider-Man is scheduled to go through what may very well become theĀ annual re-booting process.

Now, not much has been released about what exactly this movie is going to focus on until just recently when it was announced that the movie is going to touch on a dilemma that fans of the comic will be familiar with: will Parker choose the girl next door, Mary Jane Watson or the blonde bombshell Gwen Stacy?

Kirsten Dunst and Bryce Dallas Howard, the two actresses who played these roles in the original films, are out and so the casting race for Spidey’s love interest is on. Emma Stone (Easy A, Superbad) and Lily Collins (The Blind Side) are in the running for Mary Jane and Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland, The Kids are All Right) and Teresa Palmer (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice) are going after Gwen Stacy.

I’m not exactly sure where I stand on this whole re-making Spider-Man business, but this cast doesn’t look so bad I suppose, with the exception that Spider-Man is going to be played by some fresh meat (nobody knows who the hell Andrew Garfield is). I wouldn’t mind seeing Emma Stone as MJ though, and that is in no way a result of the massive crush I have on her…