Here We Have Idaho | May 2012
The premier publication of the University of Idaho, this issue showcases the Kelly Creek archaelogy dig, as well as one alumna's journey to Antarctica. Of course, the alumni-centered magazine also includes Class Notes.
Vandals are a tough breed; so tough, in fact, they can create and destroy a world of vampires. It’s no great feat for a particular Vandal who has already taken on professional assassins and a post-apocalyptic future – in the cinema that is. Independent producer Jim Lemley ’88 is ready to unleash his new film, “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” a 3D thriller set to hit theaters in June. “Abraham Lincoln kind of represents the best of what people strive to be. He literally was that, but he also represents it in an esoteric way,” Lemley said in an advance interview. “In some ways, he was the original superhero who was also a human being, so you’re getting into Batman territory, with a real person, flesh and blood, not flying around.” Co-produced with Tim Burton, Lemley is bringing Seth Grahame-Smith’s novel about the 16th president’s war – not the Civil War, but the ax battles he raged on vampires – to life. While Lincoln has gone down in the history books for his fight against slavery and for re-uniting a nation, Grahame-Smith’s story pits one of the most beloved presidents of the United States against vampires that don’t sparkle and don’t fall in love with mortals. Instead, they cull human slaves to feed their thirst, kill humans without a second thought, including Lincoln’s mother, and plot Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Vandal Makes Movie Magic By Amanda Cairo Independent producer Jim Lemley ’88 to take over the United States. It is a tale of good and evil, what Americans have always expected from Lincoln. Lemley spent much of last summer creating a world of bloodthirsty vampires and reinforcing the facts, conviction and shaping behind Lincoln’s character. The movie, which stars Benjamin Walker, Rufus Sewell and Dominic Cooper, was filmed in Louisiana. Creating a visual world from the pages of a book is all in a day’s work for Lemley and his team though. With a solid academic background from the University of Idaho, Lemley has worked with Universal Studios, Disney and Icon Productions. He is now focusing his talents as a producer. As a student, Lemley spent a majority of his time outside the classroom and inside movie theaters. As he continues his career as a movie producer, he has struck a balance between his creative skills and the business lessons he learned at the university. “I knew I had the creative talent,” said Lemley. “I thought I should learn the skills not innately within me and gain experience that would help me throughout my career.” Indeed, those business and marketing skills have helped him and his projects succeed past a creative vision. Like a coach or a general, he conceives ideas, puts a plan together, finds the funding to make and distribute a movie, and last, but perhaps most importantly, finally gets to make the film. Photos: Twentieth Century Fox 29