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Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter

Yesterday through the power of the internet “Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter” was bought to my attention.  I saw the title and thought seriously?  Then I watched the trailer and thought seriously, awesome!

I mean what possess someone to come up with the idea of making the 16th President of the United States, who “successfully led his country through a great constitutional, military and moral crisis – the American Civil War – preserving the Union, while ending slavery, and promoting economic and financial modernization”, also responsible for ridding the world of the undead, and more importantly is this still a duty of the presidency today?

Is this what Obama is spending his free time doing? Are the undead something that has to be seriously considered when running the country? It would seem so.

Anyways moving away from government policy on the apocalypse and back to movies, I refer to my earlier point which can be shortened to WTF. The story was created by Seth Grahame-Smith of New York best-selling novel Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, also in line for a big screen make over  and falls into the Mashup Novel genre, essentialy taking an established work of fiction and combining it with a popular genre, the popular being Vampires and Zombies.

  Now much as I love the trailer, this does seem like the kind of thing that is more likely to be gracing the books of Global Asylum as opposed to FOX.

As I have mentioned in earlier posts I tend to procrastinate and get distracted very easily, as an example every time I look something up on Wikipedia, I’m off onto a new topic the 1st time I see the blue highlight that indicates a link, whilst this may broaden my horizons due to the diversity of what I am learning it ultimately ends up with me knowing a little bit of nothing about pretty much everything.  In the case of “Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter” however it led me to some pretty interesting places.

The most interesting ones were an article in the Guardian which led me to another article which finally led me to Black List

Both the idea of this website and the content are simply awesome, if you’re a budding screen writer this is THE place for you, not only is there a pretty awesome selection of blogs from various people, there is also the “Black List” itself, and if you thought your idea was crazy stupid and tossed that half finished manuscript aside, taking a look through this list will make you think twice… I’ll give you some examples.


THE BEAVER by Kyle Killen

“A depressed man finds hope in a beaver puppet that he wears on his hand.”

THE HAND JOB by Maggie Carey

“A coming-of-age comedy about a teenage girl who gives her first hand job (among other

life experiences).”

ATM by Chris Sparling

“Three co-workers end up in a desperate fight for survival when they stop to use and ATM”

Boy Scouts VS. Zombies by Carrie Evans & Emi Mochizuki

A troop of Boy Scouts on their weekend camping trip must protect and island town from a zombie outbreak and save the local girl scout troop.”

I assure you there are many examples of far better ideas and if I am honest far worse ideas than those mentioned above on the list, and once you read the script behind these log lines they might well be the next “Snakes on a Plane” 

And it is worth remembering that…..

“The Black List was compiled from the suggestions of over 300 film executives, each of whom contributed the names of up to ten of their favourite scripts that were written in, or are somehow uniquely associated with, 2011 and will not have begun principal photography during this calendar year.

This year, scripts had to receive at least six mentions to be included on the The Black List.

All reasonable effort has been made to confirm the information contained herein. The Black List apologizes for all misspellings, misattributions, incorrect representation identification, and questionable 2011 affiliations.

It has been said many times, but it’s worth repeating:

The Black List is not a “best of “ list. It is, at best, a “most liked” list.”

But when you read through this list, and realise how ridiculous some of the ideas sound and then the number of them that have made it to the big screen your recent idea…

“A coming of age story about a one armed asthmatic pirate, stranded in an alien desert wasteland, with his pet Honey Badger as his only chance of salvation”

Has a real chance at being the next big box office hit.

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