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Separated at Birth: Three Lincoln-Related Projects

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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girlie871 girlie871 8 years
The Lincoln/Booth story has always interested me so I look forward to seeing all of these!
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
I think Lincoln is one of our most fascinating presidents, so these projects could be interesting. fleurfairy - He looks kinda like Lee Pace (from Pushing Daisies) in that illustration! especially the eyebrows.
nancita nancita 8 years
Ha! Buzz, how dare you! Spoilers for all three projects?!
Happsmjc Happsmjc 8 years
hahaha buzz i laughed out loud at your presumed outcome column!
Phil Phil 8 years
Yay for Deist/Atheist presidents!
treb treb 8 years
He looks like Edward Norton in that illustration. I'm a Lincolnophile. I'd like to see all of these.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
This might be an odd thing to say, but I always thought John Wilkes Booth was an extremely handsome man even by today's standards. It's no wonder Mary Surratt was so charmed by him.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i guess that someone felt that this was a compelling story to talk about - and i wonder if it's close to an anniversary that everyone's got a project in development? i think that i'll get confused and i'm not sure which would seem to be the best choice. i guess i'll have to hear more about them as they really come to fruition.
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