Coming up later, lots of discussion of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. I got to speak to both director Timur Bekmembetov and screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith at the weekend, and will be bringing you news of what we spoke of.
Firstly, though, a look inside Bekmembetov’s book Director’s Cut: The Art of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. The book is loaded with concept art and designs, but also features a retelling of the story, from the vampires’ side. This is done in a comics style, with panels derived from the film’s storyboards, and includes many shots and sequences not seen in the film as released. It’s a great way of using the production art to create a whole new angle on a film.
Bekmembetov told me during our chat that he’s going to follow up with a Night Watch Director’s Cut book soon, and that he’s recruited some other directors – though he couldn’t say who just yet – to also revisit their films in this same way.
All of the following images are included in the book as demonstrations of the costume design.
Firstly, here’s Mary Todd Lincoln, as played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead; then we move on to Will, Anthony Mackie’s character who didn’t feature at all in the original novel but is fundamental to the feature film; then three of the villains – Vadoma, Barts and big bad Adam.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is in UK cinemas on Wednesday and US cinemas from Friday. The Director’s Cut book is in book stores now and in comic shops later in the week.