This summer marks the start of a new mini-trend in H'wood; the extreme genre mash-up. This concept started in the book world a few years ago with a novel called "Pride, Prejudice and Zombies", which had a big YA following. This was followed by many imitators and sequels and, of course, Hollywood took notice. This summer, a funny "little" movie (meaning it's not based on a comic, toy, or TV show) called "Cowboys & Aliens" is kicking things off with a bang it seems. At least the trailer seems to indicate that.
Yesterday's TIMES reported on the next wave, specifically a movie about Abraham Lincoln's secret life as a vampire hunter. Despite the sound of it, this is not some scrappy weird indie but a huge weird studio effort that FOX has put together for summer '12. The title? Well, it's "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" of course and has all sorts of history in it as well as the fact that the 16th president liked to slay the occasional blood-sucker.
I'm not sure if this genre has already jumped the shark with this title. But, if it hasn't, you can expect many, many more like it.