“Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” heading to Fox after bidding war

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Do you think Fox executives are concerned at the underwhelming response to Overture’s vampire thriller “Let Me In,” which limped to $5.3 million at the box office this weekend?

That’s because the studio just picked up the rights to film a big-budget adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” and plans to put “Wanted” director Timur Bekmambetov at the helm. HitFix reports that Fox beat out Sony, Summit, Paramount and Universal in a bidding war. Variety also says the film will begin pre-production “immediately” and plans a 2012 release.

But have we reached the breaking point with vampire fiction? The undead dominate all forms of media, luring viewers with shows like “True Blood” and “The Vampire Diaries.” Is another vampire story overkill? Is that what damaged “Let Me In” at the box office this past weekend?

At the very least, the mash-up premise behind Grahame-Smith’s book remains extremely interesting, positioning our 16th president as a secret vampire killer during the days of the Civil War.

Here’s my wish. Cast Liam Neeson, who was rumored to play Lincoln in a Steven Spielberg-directed biopic but recently bowed out. Perhaps Neeson can scratch his recent action itch (“Taken,” “The A-Team”) and his Lincoln itch with the same film?

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