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Tuesday, February 07, 2006

New Lincoln book and movie

Just in time for Lincoln's birthday. Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer is by James L. Swanson, Lincoln scholar, author, and member of the advisory committee to the Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.

A snip from the Amazon review:

Taking the reader into the action, the story is shot through with breathless, vivid, even gory detail. With a deft, probing style and no small amount of swagger, Swanson, a member of the Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, has crafted pure narrative pleasure, sure to satisfy the casual reader and Civil War aficionado alike.

There's also an abridged audio version. And, coming soon, a Harrison Ford movie:

Harrison Ford has signed on to star in the historical thriller Manhunt for Walden Media. Ford will play the lead role of Colonel Conger, a celebrated Civil War hero who leads the New York Cavalry in their search for Abraham Lincoln's assassin. (Bicentennial Commission press release)

In semi-related news, has anyone heard that Steven Spielberg's untiled movie starring Liam Neeson as Abraham Lincoln has been put on indefinite hold? I don't know if this is true or not. So, I'm calling it an unconfirmed rumor, for now.

Posted by Marie at February 7, 2006 10:09 PM


I'll go see that movie. If H. Ford is in it, it has to be good.

Posted by: Don Ray at February 8, 2006 1:14 PM

"Breathless"? Not usually meant as a compliment.

Personally, I don't see Harrison Ford as a horse guy. But I think you could do a whole thread on casting the movie.

Daniel Day-Lewis as Lincoln
Willem Dafoe as J.W. Booth
Hugh Grant as David Harold
Julia Roberts as Mary Surratt
Christopher Lloyd as Edwin Stanton
Richard Gere as William Tecumseh Sherman
Ed Asner as Ulysses Simpson Grant
Shelley Winters (resurrected via CGI) as Mary Todd Lincoln.
David Straithairn as Dr. Henry Mudd
Chris Cooper as Jefferson Davis. ...

I'm having fun, anyway.

Posted by: Dan at February 8, 2006 1:40 PM

Well, that's a pretty good list.

I'm still trying to get my mind around Shelley Winters. But, you've given me an idea. How about Shelley Duvall (a la Wendy Torrance in the Shining) as Mary Todd.

A serious Robin Williams as Robert Todd Lincoln.

Posted by: Marie at February 9, 2006 1:22 AM