I’ve mentioned the planned adaptation of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (by Pride and Prejudice and Zombies author Seth Grahame-Smith) a few times now, but today’s news is that Fox has “won” a bidding war for the project. It will be in 3D (duh) with Wanted‘s Timur Bekmambetov directing, Tim Burton producing, and a $69 million budget. Grahame-Smith will write the script. So, how did Fox manage to secure this surefire hit? By colossal tools, apparently.
Fox went all out to win rights to the project, giving a detailed pitch for the film’s production, marketing, and release. Studio higher-ups didn’t stop there. When the filmmakers entered the Fox lot, they were greeted by a huge banner, plus parking signs stating, “Parking for Vampire Hunters Only, Park at your own risk.”
A banner and fake, personalized street signs? Well la di dah. Suddenly my birthday trip to the county fair when I was six doesn’t seem so hot.
Next there were bloody footprints lining the walkway and steps leading from their cars to the meeting with Fox execs. Posters lining the hallway of the executive building showed images from the book and lines from the script, while there were silver bullets in a bowl at the check-in desk.
“I see you’ve read enough of my book to make photocopies, yet not enough to know that silver bullets kill werewolves, not vampires. Very impressive.”
The showmanship continued. Bloody axes were strewn about and a bugle player with a Confederate uniform played “Taps.” [Variety]
And as they were about to leave, Fox presented the filmmakers with a scrapbook of their meeting, featuring a polaroid-filled photo album with “Best Friends Forever!” written on the cover in puffy paint. Christ, this whole article gives me major douche chills. But let’s take a step back. What exactly did Fox secure the rights to again?