The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot To Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War Miniseries Adaptation In The Works

By Kelly West 2013-08-14 09:56:05 discussion comments
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With Fruitvale Station and the upcoming Lee Daniels' The Butler, The Weinstein Company's had some promising looking true-story films hitting theaters this year. And it looks like they're aiming to take that interest to the small screen, as they've acquired the TV rights to Daniel Stashower's book The Hour of Peril. The New York Times bestselling narrative nonfiction book tells the true story of a plot to assassinate President-Elect Abraham Lincoln before he took office.

Given the ratings success of National Geographic's adaptation of Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard's Killing Lincoln, it may not be the worst idea to look at another Lincoln-centered non-fiction book adaptation as the plot for a potential miniseries, which is what The Weinstein Company is doing. The studio announced this week that they're eying The Hour of Peril for a potential miniseries. They already have Brendan Deneen and Charles Spicer attached to executive produce on behalf of Macmillan Films. Written by Daniel Stashower, The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot To Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War centers on a plot to kill Lincoln.
Published in February 2013 by Minotaur Books, The Hour of Periluncovers the riveting true story of how the legendary detective Allan Pinkerton and his most trusted operative, the fearless Kate Warne – America’s first female private eye – raced against the clock to detect and prevent a plot to assassinate President-Elect Abraham Lincoln before he could take the oath of office.  This pair of American Heroes safely delivered Lincoln to Washington to assume the Presidency in one of the great untold tales of the Civil War era.

And here's a line from the featured reviews in the book's Amazon.com description:
“Reads like a first-class detective novel . . . Pinkerton's tireless energy prevented a tragedy that might have destroyed the republic.” —James M. McPherson, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom

That description added to the intriguing plot of this lesser-known assassination scheme sounds like it has the makings for a very interesting miniseries, even more so when we consider that TWC describes it as a historical thriller. And on the bright side, we can assume that this story has a happier ending than Killing Lincoln.

There's no mention of a network, so it seems this project is still in the early stages of development and may not have begun he shopping around process just yet. With Killing Lincoln and the upcoming Killing Kennedy, National Geographic seems like an obvious choice, but maybe too obvious. In fact, if TWC's not looking at major networks, they might consider aiming for a competing cable channel like History to show their project. Or they could think further outside the box and look at Netflix as a possible small-screen distributer. We'll have to wait and see where this one lands, assuming it gets past the development stage. In the meantime, miniseries fans and history enthusiasts will want to keep this one on their radar.
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