ShareThis Page
Editors Picks

Plenty of JFK assassination film, TV projects rolling out

| Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, 3:45 p.m.

Movie studios and television networks are banking on productions timed to the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination to generate some serious ratings and revenue. Among the offerings, which include much that's new, and something old as well:

· “Parkland” was released on Oct. 4, starring Zac Efron, Marcia Gay Harden and Paul Giamatti as Abraham Zapruder, whose famous home movie captured the fatal shots. Produced by Tom Hanks, the film focuses on the Dallas hospital where Kennedy was taken after the shooting and is based on Vincent Bugliosi's 2008 book, “Four Days in November: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy.”

· “Killing Kennedy,” debuting Nov. 10 on National Geographic Channels, is a biopic starring Rob Lowe as President Kennedy and Ginnifer Goodwin as Jackie Kennedy. Based on the 2012 book of the same title by Fox News anchor Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard.

· “Legacy of Secrecy,” still in production and expected in theaters next year, stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert DeNiro. Based on the book of the same name by Lamar Waldron and Thom Hartmann, who used declassified CIA documents to make the case that JFK's assassination was a Mafia hit tied to plans to overthrow Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.

· “The Bystander Theory” was released Sept. 17 and is available on Netflix, starring Brad Leland, best known for playing Buddy Garritty on the TV series, “Friday Night Lights.” Written, directed and produced by Tony Zavaleta, the 94-minute drama revolves around a woman who teams up with a conspiracy theorist who believes her grandfather was involved in Kennedy's assassination.

· “JFK,” director Oliver Stone's film originally released in 1991, returns briefly to theaters, starting on Nov. 6 in New York and Los Angeles. Stars Kevin Costner as New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison, who remains the only prosecutor to try someone for conspiracy in the president's murder. Many criticized Stone for taking liberties with the facts.

· “The Sixties,” a 10-part CNN documentary series co-produced by Hanks, opens in November with a 90-minute special episode titled, “The Assassination of JFK (1963).” The network says the inaugural episode “will explore the key conclusions of the controversial Warren Commission, as well as the shocking impact of the assassination upon the nation, and upon American politics.”

· “JFK: The Smoking Gun,” which aired Nov. 3 on the Reelz Channel, is a two-hour docudrama based on the work of police detective Colin McLaren, who spent four years investigating Kennedy's assassination as a cold case. Reelz says McLaren's conclusions are based on methodical work and are “a far cry from the fanciful conspiracy theories that surround the world's most famous assassination.”

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.

click me