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HBO Announces Abraham Lincoln Miniseries “Manhunt”

The premium cable network HBO has just announced that they are developing a new mini series based on the assassination of the America’s 16th president Abraham Lincoln.  The series, entitled Manhunt, will deal with the 12 days after Lincoln was shot, focusing on the the manhunt for assassin, John Wilkes Booth.  The network has tapped acclaimed TV producers David Simon (The Wire on HBO) and Tom Fontana (Homicide: Life on the Streets on NBC).  ‘Homicide’ was an adaptation of David Simon’s novel of the same name.

“The chance to put another project on the boards with [Fontana],” Simon told B&C, “there’s something psychically cool about that.”

The mini series is based on James L. Swanson’s best-selling novel.  Simon and Fontana will write the miniseries script and if HBO Films gives the project a greenlight, the duo will serve as executive producers alongside Lawrence Bender and Kevin Brown and Walden Media (publisher of the novel).

Source: Broadcasting & Cable

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  • http://cablemarketing.blogspot.com/ Scott Lackey

    Even though HBO won’t comment, I just finished reading Manhunt, with an eye to this focus. Here’s a detailed look at how some of the minor characters may be treated. Lots of detail & speculation.

    http://cablemarketing.blogspot.com/2008/09/new-john-wilkes-booth-hbo-history.html

    Scott Lackey
    Jugular Advertising
    New York, New York

  • http://cablemarketing.blogspot.com Scott Lackey

    Even though HBO won’t comment, I just finished reading Manhunt, with an eye to this focus. Here’s a detailed look at how some of the minor characters may be treated. Lots of detail & speculation.

    http://cablemarketing.blogspot.com/2008/09/new-john-wilkes-booth-hbo-history.html

    Scott Lackey
    Jugular Advertising
    New York, New York

  • TonyK

    Manhunt, ain’t going to happen. This is vaporware again. This is the 2nd time that a movie was imminent. HBO just bought rights for an investment and has no intent of making this series. Look at the date of this announcement, 2008! There were lies about Harrison Ford doing this as well and all lies and rumors. Ain’t going to happen unless HBO sells the rights to someone who will actually make the movie.

  • TonyK

    Manhunt, ain’t going to happen. This is vaporware again. This is the 2nd time that a movie was imminent. HBO just bought rights for an investment and has no intent of making this series. Look at the date of this announcement, 2008! There were lies about Harrison Ford doing this as well and all lies and rumors. Ain’t going to happen unless HBO sells the rights to someone who will actually make the movie.

    • TonyK

      It’s been 16 months since I posted that HBO and Manhunt and still vaporware.
      TonyK

  • TonyK

    Manhunt, ain’t going to happen. This is vaporware again. This is the 2nd time that a movie was imminent. HBO just bought rights for an investment and has no intent of making this series. Look at the date of this announcement, 2008! There were lies about Harrison Ford doing this as well and all lies and rumors. Ain’t going to happen unless HBO sells the rights to someone who will actually make the movie. BTW, this spam filter is worthless and preventing people from posting.

    • http://www.yourentertainmentnow.com/ Rosario T. Calabria

      Your post got through twice, TonyK (albeit they were nearly identical so perhaps you posted again quickly without noticing it got through).

      Have you had troubles posting here before? I get a lot of spam so I’m apprehensive about reducing the protections.

      With regards to this story: I’ll see if I can contact HBO to see if there are any new developments on this project.

  • TonyK

    Manhunt, ain’t going to happen. This is vaporware again. This is the 2nd time that a movie was imminent. HBO just bought rights for an investment and has no intent of making this series. Look at the date of this announcement, 2008! There were lies about Harrison Ford doing this as well and all lies and rumors. Ain’t going to happen unless HBO sells the rights to someone who will actually make the movie. BTW, this spam filter is worthless and preventing people from posting.

    • http://www.yourentertainmentnow.com Rosario T. Calabria

      Your post got through twice, TonyK (albeit they were nearly identical so perhaps you posted again quickly without noticing it got through).

      Have you had troubles posting here before? I get a lot of spam so I’m apprehensive about reducing the protections.

      With regards to this story: I’ll see if I can contact HBO to see if there are any new developments on this project.