Russian filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov is no stranger to vampires and the supernatural, having first gotten acclaim here in the States for his Russian blockbusters Night Watch and Day Watch. After directing Universal’s action hit Wanted a few years back, Bekmambetov is back this summer with Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, based on the novel by Seth Grahame-Smith, and going by the title alone, this is clearly not the typical, traditional vampire movie anyone has come to expect over the last few years.
In fact, it’s a movie that takes the actual history of our 16th President and extrapolates that a lot of the pivotal moments in his life could have involved an ongoing battle with the vampires that killed his mother. When you take that idea and cross it with Bekmambetov’s penchant for crazy, kinetic action and also the movie being in 3D, you certainly have potential for a vampire movie like no other.
Earlier this week, ShockTillYouDrop had a chance to talk with Timur shortly after he was presented with the “International Filmmaker of the Year” at CinemaCon at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, and in the video interview below, this is what we discussed (after a bit of back and forth about how hard his name is to pronounce):
* How this vampire movie differs from the “Night Watch” movies
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter opens on Friday, June 22