Fox is moving quickly on Timur Bekmambetovís 3-D adaptation of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
, setting its release for June 22, 2012
. The announcement comes less than four weeks after the studio won a fierce bidding war
for the project.
Published in March, Seth Grahame-Smithís bestselling novel is purportedly based on the secret diaries of the ax-wielding 16th president, who waged a clandestine lifelong war against the bloodsuckers after one of them killed his mother. The mashup, which features among its cast Edgar Allan Poe and an undead John Wilkes Booth, imagines a Confederacy supported by vampires, who rely on the slave trade for food.
) and producer Tim Burton were so taken by the book that they used their own money to option the rights. Grahame-Smith, who earlier wrote Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
, penned a new draft of Burtonís long-gestating take on Dark Shadows
. Heíll also tackle the script for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
, which has a $69-million budget.