04/04/2012 04:09 pm ET

President Barack Obama Set To Honor Network Airing Of 'To Kill A Mockingbird'

In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of ‘To Kill A Mockingbird, President Barack Obama is expected to conduct a special introduction to commemorate the motion picture's national broadcast.

This Saturday (April 7) USA Network, in conjunction with the American Film Institute (AFI) and Universal Pictures will air the digitally re-mastered and fully restored film to a national audience. Based on Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, the special airing will mark the first broadcast of the newly enhanced version.

“I’m deeply honored that President Obama will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ by introducing it to a national audience,” Harper Lee said in a press release. “I believe it remains the best translation of a book to film ever made, and I'm proud to know that Gregory Peck's portrayal of Atticus Finch lives on - in a world that needs him now more than ever.”

The highly acclaimed Academy Award-winning flick was also recently released on Blu-ray Disc and features over three hours of bonus materials including two full-length documentaries.

“To Kill A Mockingbird” airs on April 7 at 8pm ET/PT.


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