Apple orders limited series based on Hunt for John Wilkes Booth

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Apple has ordered a limited series on the hunt for US President Abraham Lincoln’s assassin John Wilkes Booth, according to a recent report from Variety.

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The series, titled manhunt, will be based on the book Manhunt: The 12-Day Pursuit for Lincoln’s Killer by James Swanson. The series will be written by Monica Beletsky, who has written credits on hit TV series such as FX’s Fargo and HBO Leftovers, in addition to being a member of the writing team for the fourth and fifth seasons of Friday night lights.

manhunt will feature Tobias Menzies (The crown), who will play Edwin Stanton, the Secretary of War and friend of Lincoln, who is nearly driven mad after the president’s death and will stop at nothing to try to catch Booth. Currently, no other casting choices have been announced, but Variety has reported that the series will feature a variety of black historical figures, including Mary Simms, the former slave of a doctor who treated Booth’s injury and gave him refuge after the assassination.

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Apple’s deal comes in conjunction with their overall deal with Beletsky, with manhunt acting as the first official order under the agreement. In addition to the writing duties, Beletsky will also be producing the series and will also be its showrunner. Carl Franklin will also direct and produce the series.


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