This year, it seems, will have three Abraham Lincoln movies. In June, Timur Bekmambetov's Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, reaches theaters. Based on Seth Graham-Smith's novel, it portrays the Great Emancipator as a man with a secret life of killing vampires. The very premise will make me see it. Alan Tudyk of "Firefly" fame appears as Stephen Douglas, a historical figure who rarely appears in film.
In December, Steven Spielberg's Lincoln debuts, based on (inspired by is perhaps more accurate) Doris Kearns-Goodwin's book Team of Rivals. Its distinguished cast includes Daniel Day-Lewis as the President, Sally Field as Mary, David Strathairn as Seward, and Jared Harris as Grant, among many others. How can any Civil War historian not like what this movie offers? Ace director, great script (caveat above), and authentic Richmond locations - it's a treasure.
Yet the first to come out is the lesser known Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies. Independent director Richard Schenkman's film comes to theaters on May 22nd and to DVD on May 29th. Made for $150,000 and shot in Savannah, Georgia, it promises to go unnoticed compared to the other two films. Clearly, it is derived from the Graham-Smith book. Still, I'll buy it.
I wonder how many in the Civil War blogosphere know about this.
I hope that the DVD people use the interest from these films to finally release Robert Sherwood's Abe Lincoln in Illinois and other Civil War films to the market.