Seth Grahame-Smith’s ‘Abraham Lincoln Vampire Killer’ is a reasonably funny and charming tale in book form. It’s an unusually compelling portrait of the 16th president if you can set aside the wacky bits about him being a killer of the undead. Oh wait, that’s the hook of the entire thing, isn’t it? No matter, it’s a fun and deliciously silly read that does go to lengths to keep Lincoln a relatively grounded character.

Will that be true of this summer’s Tim Burton produced film adaptation with the ‘visonary’ (bleh!) director Timur Bekmambetov helming? I’m not sure, although I’d love to see some of same energy that went into the Nightwatch series used to bring the slayer antics of Honest Abe to the big screen. Benjamin Walker is playing the president-cum-monster fighter in the film and can be seen below talking about the role in a behind-the-scenes featurette courtesy of MTV.

Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Killer will open in theaters  next summer.