WonderCon 2012: ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’ Panel with Seth Grahame-Smith, Timur Bekmambetov and Benjamin Walker
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter made an appearance at a panel in WonderCon 2012, which took place in Anaheim, California over the weekend. The panel included book author and screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith, director/producer Timur Bekmambetov and Abraham Lincoln himself, actor Benjamin Walker.
During the panel, we got a chance to look at an actual sequence from the film (which I think takes place close to the end of the film), that included a pretty epic fight on a moving train between Lincoln, helped by a character named William Johnson (played by
Anthony Mackie), and vampires lead by Adam (played by Rufus Sewell). Let’s just say if you like action, there is plenty of it.
Here are some highlights from the panel:
– The panel started out with an intro video from Tim Burton (who is one of the film producers) featuring a skeletal puppet-like version of himself (think Tales of the Crypt) who seemed to be dying. To take care of him were two hot nurses and Dr. Andrew Weil. It was… weird, but kind of fun. Unfortunately, the video was to let us know that Tim Burton unfortunately couldn’t make the panel.
– A lot of research was done for the film. The panel described it as a period movie that just happens to have vampires in them.
– They explained that because it’s somewhat of a ridiculous premise, you have to commit fully, you cannot wink at the audience, but go full in, and that’s what they did.
– Seth Grahame-Smith explained that he did quite a bit of research before he started writing the book the movie is based on. He read a lot of the same books that Timur Bekmambetov and Benjamin Walker read in preparation for the film.
– Seth Grahame-Smith said that adapting his own book into a script was a weird experience because you have to “murder” some of the things you love. Everything that’s in the book obviously can’t make it in the movie.
– Seth Grahame-Smith mentioned that a few characters had been added in the film including Rufus Sewell’s character, who’s sort of the leader of the vampires and Anthony Mackie’s character, Will Johnson, who’s Lincoln’ sidekick. Also there is no “kick-ass” train sequence in the book.
– They tried to ground the vampires into reality. That’s why they can walk in sunlight, because turns out sunscreen was invented at that time.
– When asked what would President Obama’s weapon of choice be if he was a vampire slayer, Seth Grahame-Smith and Benjamin Walker both agreed it would be “diplomacy.”
– Fun fact: The movie will be released on the shortest night of the year (summer solstice) on June 22nd.
Here are more photos from the panel: