Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman Producing PARKLAND, an Indie Drama about the JFK Assassination

     August 17, 2012

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Tom Hanks occasionally stars in historical dramas, but he’s always quick to take on a producing role when it comes to American history.  According to Variety, Hanks and his Playtone Pictures partner Gary Goetzman (The Pacific) will produce Peter Landesman‘s script, Parkland, which is about the assassination of John F. Kennedy.  The movie will reportedly revolve around the events leading up to the assassination and Abraham Zapruder‘s 8mm film that captured the event.  Parkland refers to Parkland Memorial Hospital where Kennedy his assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, and Oswald’s killer, Jack Ruby, all died.  The film will be an ensemble piece that views how multiple characters, including “an FBI agent, a young doctor, a reporter, several Secret Service agents, Kennedy’s staff, Oswald’s older brother, Jackie Kennedy, and Zapruder.”

Hanks and Goetzman are no strangers to putting together big ensemble dramas, but it’s usually in the form of a mini-series.  It will be interesting to see how they plan to pull it together in a single film.  Landesman will make his feature directing debut on Parkland.

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