Tuesday, August 18, 2009

NEWS: Robert Redford To Direct Lincoln Assassination Film...

The Hollywood Reporter has started off this day with quite the bang, and are currently reporting that Robert Redford is set to direct a film called The Conspirator, based around the life of Mary Surratt, the alleged accomplice of John Wilkes Booth, the man who killed Abraham Lincoln.

When looking at this story, there are a few things to remember. One, this is NOT the film that is set to be made by Steven Spielberg. The film HE is working on is a straight biopic of Lincoln, and while it's quite surprising to see another huge name director take on similar ground, it isn't something out of the ordinary.

Also, as /Film reports, the name Surratt is probably best known in film circles from a book called Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase For Lincoln’s Killer, by James Swanson, which is ANOTHER project that is set to be adapted by HBO and Walden Media. Here's what /Film is thinking the film may cover:

James Solomon wrote this script, and while the article doesn’t mention his sources, chances are the screenplay is drawn at least in part from Kate Clifford Lawson’s book The Assassin’s Accomplice: Mary Surratt and the Plot to Kill Abraham Lincoln. Previous to Lincoln’s assassination, Surratt’s son John had conspired to kidnap the President. Despite her protestation of innocence, Mary Surrat was arrested as a conspirator in Lincoln’s assassination and was sentenced to death; she is said to be the first woman executed by the United States Federal Government.

No news as to who will play Surratt, but it has been rumoured that James McAvoy is set to take up the male lead, so much more on this film as it comes out. Here's to hoping this film is better than Lions For Lambs.

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