Bekmambetov’s “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” won’t be a moneymaking movie

03 july 2012, 11:17
Bekmambetov’s “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” won’t be a moneymaking movie - "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" film frame
"Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" film frame
Bekmambetov’s “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” won’t be a moneymaking movie - Timur Bekmambetov. ©Danial Okassov
Timur Bekmambetov. ©Danial Okassov
The new movie Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter directed by Kazakhstan-born filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov won’t become a moneymaking movie, reports, citing the film's director.

“The movie is extremely controversial, we are not searching for easy ways, we are always doing something new. Nobody before us has made films about a U.S. presidents chasing vampires with an axe. This is an extremely controversial movie. Some people say that it is the best film they've ever seen, others advise never to watch it. There were a lot of disputes and debates about the film. From what I can see from the market's evaluation, the movie most likely won’t be a commercial one, it won't be a successful blockbuster. I expect it to become one of those films that is so much needed for the cinema nowadays, the film that will make people pause and think about what the cinema truly is,” the director said at the press-conference that was held in Astana prior to the Action Film Festival opening.

According to Bekmambetov, no famous actors were starring in the film. Young and promising actors play in the movie. 29-y.o. Benjamin Walker was starring as American president Abraham Lincoln. He played Lincoln's whole life so sometimes he had to quickly transform from a 19-y.o. youngster into a 55-y.o. man during the shooting. His makeup for some of the scenes took 6 hours to make. During the filming Benjamin also learned to use an axe to fight against vampires. Kazakhstan stunts master Igor Tsai trained him axe-fighting.

“The film was made in 3D. I have discovered a wonderful world of natural vision cinema. It is not yet fully formed, we are just in the very beginning of this way. Nobody knows the laws of this world of 3D movie-making or how the audience would take these techniques. Because all we've had so far were just 20-30 movies made in natural vision. They were made very quickly by those chasing the trend. However, little by little it is becoming an independent art form,” Bekmambetov added.

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