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Fresh Off Oscar Win, Trent Reznor In Talks For Role In Vampire Flick

Hollywood is treating Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor pretty well these days. The industrial God picked up an Oscar last weekend for his score of The Social Network. Now he’s in talks with 20th Century Fox to not only score the upcoming adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith‘s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, he may act in the film. Entertainment Weekly confirmed that Reznor is in negotiations to play Jack Barts–the vampire who kills Lincoln’s mom.

Twilight pretty much killed the whole vampire thing for us, but with Reznor on board, we admit, we’d reconsider shelling out for a matinee.

Update – 03/11/11: Via his website, Reznor today informs that he will now not be working on this project at all.

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Two Victorian White House-Related Vampire Movies Are ‘In the Works’

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We saw Seth Grahame-Smith‘s novel “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” in the store yesterday and thought it was misfired satire.

But no, Tim Burton will be producing the film version.

But wait, in case one saga of a supernatural presence in 19th century Washington DC was not enough for you, “Blood Oath” got picked up:

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Lucas Foster and his Warp Films have picked up the rights to “Blood Oath,” a vampire action novel written by Christopher Farnsworth, with the aim of fast-tracking a feature franchise about a vampire secret agent.

A mix of political techno thrills and supernatural action, “Oath” centers on a vampire captured by the U.S. Army just after the Civil War who is forced to swear an oath to President Andrew Johnson and has protected the presidency in the Secret Service for nearly 150 years.

Isn’t it a cliche that when the economy is bad we blame illegal immigrants for everything and obsess on vampire stories? That and the mega-ridiculous success of sexless melodramatic tweens devotion to “Twilight.” It’s raining blood-suckers!

“Sense And Sensibility And Sea Monsters” Author Debuts Novel On The Menu

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Today on the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast, hosts Jason Boog of GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven were joined by author Ben Winters who announced his upcoming book, “Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters,” for the first time.

The Jane Austen mash-up is a follow up to the surprising success “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.” It will be available in September, although you can preorder it today, Winter said. He talked a little bit about “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” and the impetus for his book.

“[Publisher] Quirk has this idea to take a classic novel and mash it up with a monster genre and worked with Seth Grahame-Smith to create ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,’ which became this real bestseller, one of those surprising and exciting things for a publishing company,” Winter said. “And they knew, almost right away…that they wanted to do another one. And that’s where I got involved. This one is still Jane Austen but it sort of takes the idea into a new realm of ridiculousness…It was a lot of fun to write and I’m really excited for people to read it as well.”

Winter talked about his feelings about repurposing content, and the possibility of facing longtime Austen fans. “People come to these books looking for the adventure…and end up reading the book and saying ‘Hey, I really like those characters,’” Winter said. “And maybe they end up being more a fan of English literature or Jane Austen when they’re done. So, everybody wins.”

“It still has the romance plot, the heartbreak, the social distinctions, all these wonderful things that Austen was investigating and interested in,” Winter added. “Except now we also have a jellyfish the size of a man who dissolves someone into stomach acid!”

Also discussed: the upcoming Ted Kennedy biography that will be sold for $1,000 a copy and Fitness magazine’s recent ad sales successes.

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