Q&A WITH RIDLEY SCOTT
“This is a fascinating and timeless tale at its core. Men destroy one another for power.
… Booth’s plot to kill Lincoln and plan to destroy the entire federal government
is a fascinating tale of the conspiracy and scheming that exists beside great leaders.”
Q: What about this version (O’Reilly’s book) of the story made you think it would be a good fit for Scott Free? What attracted you to the project?
What’s tremendously compelling about “Killing Lincoln” is that even though it is about a terrible tragedy in this country’s history—losing one of its greatest leaders—it is also a suspenseful thriller that takes audiences on a true ride. What people never knew, and what both the book and the film capture, is the great tale of action and conspiracy surrounding the manhunt for Booth. It is ultimately a fascinating story, and that’s what makes it the perfect fit for us at Scott Free.
Q: How does “Killing Lincoln” advance or expand the story we all think we know?
“Killing Lincoln” is a true historical story that explores John Wilkes Booth’s actions before and after the assassination. We go into a life that has never been seen before from this perspective. And that life provides great insight into one of the biggest conspiracies in this country’s history.
Q: From a producer’s standpoint, what was most fascinating about the assassination of Lincoln? What part of the tale were you eager to see adapted on screen?
This is a fascinating and timeless tale at its core. Men destroy one another for power. Specifically here, Booth’s plot to kill Lincoln and plan to destroy the entire federal government is a fascinating tale of the conspiracy and scheming that exists beside great leaders.
Q: Tell us about the actors.
Billy Campbell delivers an amazing performance as Lincoln, and Tom Hanks is a captivating storyteller that really helps to guide the audience through the entire film. Additionally, Jessie Johnson as John Wilkes Booth captures the man’s theatrical passion and complicated loyalty to the South. They all truly bring this story to life.