Manhunt has been ordered to series by Apple TV+. The upcoming drama series will take viewers back to the 1860s with the assassination of Lincoln and the President’s war secretary’s (Tobias Menzies) obsession with hunting for his killer, John Wilkes Booth. Additional casting and a premiere date will be announced in the future.
Apple TV+ revealed details about the new series in a press release.
“Apple TV+ announced a series order for Manhunt, a limited series created by Emmy, Golden Globe, PGA and WGA-nominated writer/producer Monica Beletsky (Fargo, Leftovers, Friday Night Lights), who is also the showrunner and an executive producer.
Manhunt is a true crime series based on the astonishing events of the Lincoln assassination, aftermath and best-selling book by James Swanson. The limited series is set to star 2021 Emmy Award winner Tobias Menzies (The Crown, Game of Thrones, Outlander) as Edwin Stanton, Lincoln’s war secretary and friend, who was driven nearly to madness by the need to catch John Wilkes Booth and to carry out Lincoln’s legacy. Emmy-nominated Carl Franklin (Devil in a Blue Dress, Mindhunter) will serve as director and executive producer.
Part historical fiction, part conspiracy thriller, Manhunt will take audiences into the aftermath of the first American presidential assassination and the fight to preserve and protect the ideals that were the foundation of Lincoln’s Reconstruction plans – issues that reverberate into the present day. The series strongly features Black historical figures whose lives intertwined with the escape, manhunt and subsequent high-crimes investigation, including Mary Simms, a former slave of the doctor who treated Booth’s injury and gave him safe harbor after his crime.”
What do you think? Are you planning to check out Manhunt on Apple TV+?
Sounds interesting, though Tobias has that kinda face that I can see him in no other job than the one he had on Outlander…. anything else just seems weird. This sounds like an interesting show though, Apple TV are certainly delivering when it comes to story, talent and content generally.