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'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' Director May Explore Ben-Hur, Killer Squirrels (Separately, This Time)

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As you perhaps recall, MGM has been planning their third version of a Ben-Hur film, and now they're in talks with Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter director Timur Bekmambetov to bring the film his flair for the unnecessary. Cautioning that negotiations might not work out, Deadline reports that Bekmambetov has for a couple weeks been in line for the job of adapting The Way Back writer Keith Clarke's new script, said to focus on the parallel action of Christ a lot more than the the 1959 Charlton Heston film. Sounds well-suited to a director who apparently loves shoehorning some risen dead in there.

Also on the director's schedule: something where squirrels eat people. Simply titled Squirrels, Bekmambetov is just producing that comedy, which seems to take an anti-fracking stance by way of Brendan Fraser's Furry Vengeance--always the most effective way to package an important message. From Twitch, here's the official summary, and an early teaser:

When a young man's estranged father is killed under suspicious circumstances, he returns home for the first time in years to get to the bottom of the mystery. Hoping to uncover some logical explanation, he instead finds his mom's sleazy new boyfriend, a natural gas company buying up the town, an angry female sheriff who happens to be his ex-girlfriend, and an army of flesh-eating squirrels hellbent on destroying everything in their path due to an erosion of their food chain as a result of environmental destruction by the gas company.

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