JFK assassination film “Parkland,” adapted from author and former prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi’s book “Reclaiming History: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy,” has begun shooting in Austin, Texas. The film stars Paul Giamatti, Billy Bob Thornton, Jacki Weaver, Marcia Gay Harden, Zac Efron, Jeremy Strong, Jackie Earle Haley, Colin Hanks, David Harbour and Ron Livingston.
“Parkland” is produced by Playtone’s Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, plus Exclusive Media, The American Film Company and Bill Paxton. Peter Landseman wrote the screenplay from Bugliosi’s massive tome, and is also making his directorial debut. Barry Ackroyd (“The Hurt Locker”) is director of photography.
“Parkland” centers on the chaotic events at Parkland Hospital on the day of JFK’s assassination in Dallas in 1963. A late 2013 release is planned, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the 35th president’s death.
Bugliosi previously authored the New York Times bestsellers “Helter Skelter,” “And the Sea Will Tell” and “Outrage.”