During the Winter TCA 2013 session for the National Geographic Channel’s forthcoming movie KILLING LINCOLN, writer and executive producer Erik Jendressen spoke about the differences between this TV Movie airing this February and starring Billy Campbell as Lincoln and the Steven Spielberg feature film LINCOLN starring Daniel Day Lewis.

“Spielberg’s film really focuses on the 13th Amendment,” says Jendressen. “That’s the story of the victory of Abraham Lincoln. Ours is really the story of the tragedy, and the irony that, once the events covered with the ending of the Civil War, the signing of the surrender and the 13th Amendment getting passed, Lincoln had a moment, literally, of maybe 48 hours in which he was able to shed all of the grief and pain and responsibility that he had been living with. And it was all taken from him. He never had a chance to savor what he accomplished. And so there’s a glimpse of the man at home in our film, a glimpse of the man with some of the weight off his shoulder for just an instant before it all ends.”

Jendressen also says the film will show other parts of his life including a previous assassination attempt that’s not talked about much.

“This is a very intimate look at him,” adds Jendressen.

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