A screenwriter told me once that you can get away with one big cheat in your premise so long as everything else about your film is as authentic as possible.
The makers of “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” seem to have taken that to heart as an extensive new article in The New York Times goes into detail about how this strange film became a 2012 action tent pole and what plans those involved have for the project.
Along with the first photo from the project, the article includes a more fleshed out synopsis: “Young Lincoln, having learned that his grandfather and mother were killed by vampires, vows to kill every last blood-sucker in a country that is crawling with them. On realizing that vampires are tangled in the slave trade, Lincoln’s resolve grows and takes on a moral dimension. To complicate matters he also learns that the creatures come in two varieties, good and bad.”
The most interesting information is that the film takes a slightly different approach to the spoof novel on which it’s based. This includes giving this incarnation of the famed president a “meticulously researched, surprisingly authentic, three-dimensional past”.
The same goes for the rest of the production which will combine actual locations, computer effects, and historically accurate props and costumes to make this a “true period epic” rather than a stylised monster hunting tale akin to “Van Helsing”. An Illinois state historian state was consulted so that the filmmakers could “slip vampires into Lincoln’s story with minimal damage to the historical record”.