History meets horror; slavery meets vampirism; and a great American president meets the undead in this episode of the Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast – the Podcast with a Sense of Wonder, bringing you the best in horror, fantasy, and science fiction films. Special guest Andrea Lipinski (of Be a Better Book Talker) joins CFQ managing editor Steve Biodrowski to discuss ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER, the big-screen adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s novel, directed by Timur Bekmambetov (NIGHTWATCH) and produced by Tim Burton (DARK SHADOWS).
The title is high-concept with a vengeance, but what about the film that comes with it? Listen in, and find out whether a single, deliberately absurd idea can stretch to feature length, or should the whole project have been condensed to a fake trailer or a five-minute Saturday Night Live sketch? And does historical credibility matter in the midst of slo-mo vampire battles with CGI blood flying off the screen in 3D?
After Universal’s announcement that it was pulling the prequel to THE THING from its April 2011 release date, producer Marc Abraham confirmed to Hitflix that they are going back into production for “additional photography”.
These will include some of the principal performers, including star Mary Elizabeth Winstead. He isn’t calling these re-shoots, but says they need to “enhance existing sequences”, clarify some plot points and add “punctuation” to the film.
Special effects unit photography is ongoing, but that’s to be expected in post-production on this kind of feature. Reshoots with the main actors are usually a sign of more serious trouble with a film; script problems, unsatisfactory footage/performances, or ommisions in coverage—sometimes not noticed until the rough cut is finished.
THE THING is director Matthijs van Hijningen Jr.’s first feature-length film.
The article states that a cut of the film exists, and that the producers expect the film to be ready early next year—though a new spot will have to be found for THE THING on Universal’s schedule.