Young Abe Lincoln Leaps to the Screen in ‘These Honored Dead’ (EXCLUSIVE)

A nation divided. Panic in the streets. Mounting fears that the troubled republic wouldn’t survive. Though Jonathan Putnam’s Lincoln and Speed novels are set in the tumultuous years that would ultimately lead to the American Civil War, the creator of a forthcoming TV adaptation of the series, “These Honored Dead,” admits that the historical narrative is as timely as ever.

“In the time we’ve been working on it, the themes have become far more relevant than they were when we started,” said series creator and showrunner Michael Bergmann.

“These Honored Dead” is an eight-part one-hour series based on Putnam’s best-selling murder mystery series, which revolves around the real-life friendship between the young lawyer Abraham Lincoln and his lifelong friend and intellectual rival Joshua Speed. Bergmann’s Burgeon & Flourish will be bringing “These Honored Dead” to MIA’s drama series pitching competition, where they’re looking to meet with broadcasters, production houses, talent agencies, management companies, and other potential partners.

The series begins at a pivotal time for both the future president and his nation. “The United States in 1837 was a place…where the institutions that were run by the state were tremendously untrustworthy, and the citizens were always in a kind of agony about whether to support those institutions, or whether not to trust them at all,” said Bergmann.

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