- The film takes place from Lincoln’s childhood to assassination “and — because this is a vampire story — beyond.”
- The vampires are involved in the slave trade but they aren’t all bad, leading to a moral dilemma for the President.
- To heighten realism, the production designer is using real locations as well as special effects in ways that are similar to, but dwarf, those in Woody Allen’s Zelig and Robert Zemeckis’ Forrest Gump.
- They’ve hired a State Historian to “to show the filmmakers how they might slip vampires into Lincoln’s story with minimal damage to the historical record.”
- Over 8,000 costumes were made, most of which are scheduled to be destroyed. One particularly big scene for costume destruction, and probably vampire destruction, is the Battle of Gettysburg.
- For a summer blockbuster, the $70 million budget is modest. But Bekmambetov is shooting fast and found real locations so he’s making it stretch.
- Lincoln will have a special overcoat for vampire hunting that simultaneously cloaks him will hiding weaponry.
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