Parkland is an upcoming film that features the chaotic events following the assassination of John F. Kennedy. This new drama stars Zac Efron, Tom Welling, James Badge Dale, Billy Bob Thornton and Paul Giamatti. Parkland will weave together a story about a handful of ordinary individuals suddenly thrust into circumstances that will change their lives forever. This movie is based on the book by Vincent Bugliosi entitled Four Days in November. Check out the latest news for Parkland below:
“Director Peter Landseman on Making the Drama – Parkland
In the country’s 50-year-long obsession with the questions and conspiracy theories surrounding John F. Kennedy’s assassination, many of us are not aware of the confirmed details known about that fateful November 22, 1963 afternoon. At least, as writer/ director Peter Landseman explained to a Toronto Film Festival audience last weekend, that was the conclusion he came to before deciding to make Parkland, the Tom Hanks–produced biopic about the shooting in Dallas and subsequent three days, as told from the perspective of real-life characters close to the tragedy.
After reading Vincent Bugliosi’s 2008 book, Four Days in November: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy—a 1,612-page tome that culminated Bugliosi’s 21 years of research —Landseman, a former New York Times reporter, was so engrossed by the material that he spent the next four years conducting his own Kennedy research so that he could properly adapt Four Days in November for the screen. The resulting film, Parkland, chronicles the assassination from a range of perspectives: that of Abraham Zapruder, the women’s-clothing manufacturer who captured the horror on an 8-mm. camera while watching the president’s motorcade (he’s played by Paul Giamatti); the head trauma nurse working at Parkland hospital when the president was brought in (Marcia Gay Harden); the chief resident (Colin Hanks) and the young doctor (Zac Efron) who treated the president; Secret Service agent Forrest Sorrels (Billy Bob Thornton); and James P. Hosty, the F.B.I. agent arguably responsible for what one character calls “the biggest fuck-up in the history of federal law enforcement.”
Among the fascinating, lesser-known reported details included in Parkland: the president still had a heartbeat when he arrived at the hospital, and Jackie Kennedy, still shell-shocked, handed the administering nurses part of the president’s skull and brain matter, which she had been holding in her white-gloved hands. Also: Abraham Zapruder was reportedly so shaken by the event that he sold the rights to his footage to Life on the condition that the magazine wouldn’t initially publish the “kill shot” frame—so no one else would experience the same horror he did, and so that the president could retain some dignity.
After seeing the film, we spoke with Landesman from Toronto to discuss his research, how he managed to avoid melodrama, and why he cast a little-known actress in the role of Jackie Kennedy.
Julie Miller: Even the two 80-some-year-old women I was sitting next to at the screening were surprised to discover there was so much information about the assassination they had not known.
Peter Landseman: Look, we have been watching this story for the last 50 years from the prism of the murder mystery. We think we know everything there is to know about it. Once I turned away from that dialogue, I realized that the story of the people to whom this actually happened that weekend was much more profound and at times, even more powerful, than what we knew.”
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Parkland is directed by Peter Landseman and is scheduled to be released on October 4th 2013.
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