In a few weeks, The Asylum starts production on Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies, an “homage” to the still-in-production Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter from director Timur Bekmambetov.
As you know, we’re big fans of The Asylum, who are essentially the Weird Al of film production houses. They take on big-time, legitimate blockbusters or proven moneymakers and grind out a version with a slightly altered title and a batshit crazy story (examples include the Thor knockoff Almighty Thor and the Paranormal Activity knockoff Paranormal Entity).
Of course, this time, the movie being mocked already has a batshit crazy story, so it will be interesting to see how insane Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies turns out. The official synopsis is actually pretty tame as these things go: “While the brutal Civil War rages on, Abraham Lincoln must undertake an even more daunting task; destroying the Confederate Undead!”
Moviehole got its paws on The Asylum’s casting breakdown for their latest epic. Perhaps we can ferret some clues from it:
[ PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN ]
54, Caucasian Male Tall and lanky. Strong Actor with strong credits. We want talent that resemble Abe Lincoln. Please refer to the google photo attached.
[ MARY TODD ]
45-50; Female Caucasian First lady of the White House and Abe’s wife. Please reference the google photo attached as we are looking for talent that matches Mary Todd.
[ JOHN WILKES BOOTH ]
25; Caucasian Male Part of the New Secret Service. We are looking for someone to resemble John Wilkes Booth. Please refer to google photo attached.
[ STONEWALL JACKSON ]
40; Male Caucasian Haggard with dark hair and a bushy beard. Has only one arm. General in the great Army of the Confederacy. Please reference attached photo before submitting.
[ ABE ]
9; Caucasian Male Lanky boy likes to read. Please submit talent that look like a young Abe Lincoln at 9.
[ THOMAS LINCOLN ]
30′s; Caucasian Male. Father of Abraham Lincoln. Strong and loving family man. Please see google link to photo of him and submit those who look like him in his 30′s
[ NANCY HANKS LINCOLN ]
30′s; Caucasian Female. Motherly type. please see google photo to submit talent who matches the real Nancy Hanks Lincoln.
Hmmm, besides the fact that this list appears to have been rushed out before being proofread, we can assume there will be flashbacks to Abe’s childhood. And there are a couple of roles for actresses of a certain age; that’s nice. Oh, John Wilkes Booth is involved — that cannot bode well for our hero. Also, Confederate general Stonewall Jackson could be an undead hoot; they’re casting him with one arm, so he apparently enters the story after the Battle of Chancellorsville.
I suppose I’m being a little too literal here. The Asylum cares not for historical accuracy — we learned this from Titanic II. Though I think it’s safe to say The Asylum expects good things for Bekmambetov’s forthcoming adaptation of author Seth Grahame-Smith’s historical revisionist parody. Why else parody it?
The Asylum might not respect history, but The Asylum does respect the almighty dollar. Actually, that’s about all The Asylum respects. And thank god for that. Otherwise, we wouldn’t have the wonderful gifts they bestow.