Tim Burton And Timur Bekmambetov To Produce ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’ Adaptation

I hope you’ve read “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” by now, appreciated the brilliance of author Seth Grahame-Smith’s deft fusion of Jane Austen’s 19th century romance with the walking dead. We already know that Natalie Portman is working on a big screen adaptation, and now there’s also similar news for Grahame-Smith’s latest, which hit shelves this week.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” puts forth the idea that America’s 16th president dedicated himself to crushing the vampire menace and their slave-owning allies after his mother dies at the hands of a blood sucker. Now this is a vampire pitch I can get behind.

The word from Deadline Hollywood is that Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov are both going to be involved in some capacity with an adaptation. This marks their second recent collaboration, following the Shane Acker-directed 2009 CG flick “9.” We don’t know yet exactly how involved they’ll be in bringing the story to theaters, but the fact that they’re doing anything with it is enough for me.

My guess is that, as with “9,” the duo will lay back and serve as producers. Burton seems to always be busy; as far as we know, he’s already booked to follow up this week’s “Alice in Wonderland” with a “Dark Shadows” adaptation. Bekmambetov continues to work on a sequel to comic book pseudo-adaptation “Wanted,” and he’s also got that wacky “Moby Dick” idea that he told us about.

Which leaves a lot of questions. Who should direct? Who should play the lead? I’ve got the book right here, patiently waiting to be torn through in a matter of days. I’ll have some more developed opinions on this next week. For now, I want to hear from you.

Have you read the new book yet? (Bravo if you have!) Who would you cast for the key roles? Who should direct?