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LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – Tim Burton and “Wanted” director Timur Bekmambetov are teaming to bring the new novel “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” to the big screen.

The book, written by Seth Grahame-Smith, was released Tuesday by Grand Central Publishing.

Burton and Bekmambetov are not attached to direct, but will produce the adaptation with Jim Lemley. The trio first collaborated to produce the animated fantasy “9” with Focus Features released last fall.

Grahame-Smith, who combined zombies and Jane Austen in the best-selling novel ” Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” will write the screenplay. Hollywood already has its hooks in “Zombies”; the book is set up at Lionsgate with Natalie Portman producing and attached to direct.

“Lincoln” is not set up anywhere, but Burton and Bekmambetov hope to change that soon. One of the factors that cemented the filmmakers’ interest was a peek at an in-house trailer for the book.

“Lincoln” reimagines one of the great U.S. presidents as an axe-throwing, highly trained vampire assassin, promising to give new context to real historical events such as the Civil War and Lincoln’s ascension to the White House . It begins with his mother’s murder when he was still a young boy and his vow of revenge.

Burton returns to theaters on Friday with “Alice in Wonderland.”

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  • Until 1971, February 22 was observed as a federal holiday to honor the birthday of George Washington (Feb. 22). Abraham Lincoln’s birthday (Feb. 12) is observed, however was never declared a federal holiday.
  • In 1971 President Richard Nixon proclaimed one single federal holiday, the Presidents’ Day, to be observed on the third Monday of February, honoring all past presidents of the United States of America.
  • The Federal statute designates this day as Washington’s Birthday, President Nixon issued a proclamation declaring the holiday as “President’s Day” in 1971. He erroneously believed that a Presidential proclamation on the matter carried the same weight as an Executive Order. Since that change in 1971, the common term has been “President’s Day”.
  • Abraham Lincoln – As the 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln helped keep the Union together during the American Civil War and abolished slavery in the United States. Remembered for his honesty, compassion, and strength of character, Lincoln remains one of the most respected presidents in American history.
  • George Washington – Born February 22, 1732 in Virginia, George Washington was a natural leader, instrumental in creating a united nation out of a conglomeration of struggling colonies and territories. The first president of the United States of America is affectionately honored as “the father of his country.
  • Since George Washington’s election in 1789, Presidents of the United States have led in times of peace and war, hardship and plenty, and served in tenures as short as one month and as long as 12 years.

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From http://news.nationalgeographic.com/

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It may be called Turkey Day, but the U.S. Thanksgiving Day is about more than just the bird. Learn about a holiday myth—the first “real” Thanksgiving wasn’t until the 1800s—and how we celebrate Thanksgiving dinner today. (more…)

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