Thesp Kevin Bacon is prepping a series for Showtime that centers on the man who would eventually assassinate Abraham Lincoln.
“The Booths” will revolve around actor-brothers Edwin, Junius Brutus Jr. and John Wilkes Booth and their dysfunctional relationship in the years prior to Lincoln’s assassination.
No writer is yet attached, but Bacon will exec produce for the cabler. Showtime is no stranger to period drama, having aired “The Tudors,” among other shows.
John Wilkes Booth was the son of British Shakespearean actor Junius Brutus Booth and actress Mary Ann Holmes.
John Wilkes Booth eventually became a rabid defender of the South and clashed with his brother Edwin. The three brothers performed together just once, in a New York showing of “Julius Caesar” in 1864.
Booth, of course, shot Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre while the President was watching the play “Our American Cousin” on April 14, 1865.
Development is still in the early stages on “The Booths”; Showtime hasn’t yet brought in an outside production shingle.
Bacon’s past projects beyond acting include directing and producing the feature “Loverboy,” as well as helming the Showtime telepic “Losing Chase” and episodes of TNT skein “The Closer” (starring his wife, Kyra Sedgwick).