Apparently, this is the year for Abraham Lincoln and John Wilkes Booth. Much of Hollywood seems to be fascinated with the legendary president and his assassin right now, with a biopic and a HBO miniseries already in the works. Now, there's a Showtime series in development that would focus on Booth and his brothers — a dysfunctional family drama of sorts that I'm guessing ends with a president shot dead.
I'm having trouble keeping these various projects straight in my mind. Should I care most about Lincoln himself, how his assassin got caught, or how his killer came to be a presidential shooter in the first place? Here's a handy chart to help you decide:
|Name||The Booths||Team of Rivals||Manhunt|
|Medium||TV (Showtime)||Film||TV (HBO)|
|Stars||To be determined||Liam Neeson (Lincoln), Sally Field (Mary Todd Lincoln)||To be determined|
|Focus||John Wilkes Booth and his two dysfunctional brothers||Lincoln himself||"Lesser-known players" in the hunt for Lincoln's killer|
|Hollywood "Big Name"||Executive Producer Kevin Bacon||Director Steven Spielberg||Writers David Simon and Tom Fontana|
|Book Inspiration||None||Team of Rivals||Manhunt|
|Presumed Outcome||Lincoln dies||Lincoln dies||Lincoln dies|
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