Manhunt, a limited series about the hunt for John Wilkes Booth, the infamous killer of President Abraham Lincoln, will be on Apple TV+. The show is based on a book by the same name, James Swanson.
The book, Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer was a best seller.
Abraham Lincoln had the rare misfortune of being the first American president to get assassinated, and he was not the last.
Apple TV+, through Apple Studios, got into a partnership with Lionsgate to bring fans this show. Notably, the series will feature Black historical figures who were somehow connected to the high-profile assassination's escape, hunt, and investigation.
This will include Mary Simms, a former slave to a doctor who gave Booth treatment for his injuries and hid him as the authorities looked for him after killing Abraham Lincoln.
Basically, the show will focus on law enforcement efforts to capture John Wilkes Booth after he assassinated the president at Ford's Theater.
Emmy Award-winning actor, Tobias Menzies, will take on the starring role as Edwin Stanton, Lincoln's Secretary of War. Stanton is the man who pursues Booth after he kills the president, an undertaking that almost drove him crazy.
This will not be the first time Menzies has appeared in such a series. The actor is quite famous for his role as Brutus in the Rome series.
He has also been in Game of Thrones and Outlander.
The writer and showrunner of the series will be Monica Beletsky. Beletsky was also behind Fargo, Parenthood, and The Leftovers.
Emmy-nominated Carl Franklin, behind projects like Mindhunter and Devil in a Blue Dress, will direct and produce the show.
Additionally, the show will also address some conspiracies related to the historical incident. Otherwise, the show will be partly a thriller and partly fictional.
Apple TV+ celebrated its second anniversary last November, and Apple recently reached a market cap of $3 trillion, which is a feat no other company has ever attained. There will be no issues funding a show like Manhunt.
Apple films, series, and documentaries have managed to bag more than 183 wins and over 702 awards in just two years. Apple TV+ became the first all-original streaming service to offer its services worldwide, and it has won recognition and awards faster than any other streaming service out there.
Many fans can't wait to watch the Manhunt series.