Simon, Fontana to adapt Swanson's book
“Homicide” collaborators David Simon and Tom Fontana are looking to reunite for an HBO miniseries about the 12-day search for John Wilkes Booth.
HBO won’t comment on the adaptation of James L. Swanson’s book “Manhunt,” which follows the search for Abraham Lincoln’s assassin. The project is in early development, with the pay cabler optioning the tome and Simon and Fontana set to pen the screenplay.
Simon and Fontana would serve as exec producers, along with Lawrence Bender, Kevin Brown and Walden Media.
Story will focus on the perspectives of lesser-known historical figures that were connected to the assassination of Lincoln and the subsequent media frenzy and manhunt.
“Manhunt” would mark the first collaboration since Fontana helped Simon adapt his book “Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets” into an NBC cop drama back in 2003.
Development comes on the heels of another HBO history-based multipart series, “John Adams,” which garnered 23 Emmy noms.