Tom Hanks To Adapt Kennedy Assassination Book

Paul Giamatti, Billy Bob Thornton and Jacki Weaver have officially joined Parkland. To be produced by Tom Hanks, it is an adaptation of Vincent Bugliosi’s book on the JFK assassination, Reclaiming History(Norton, 2007).

The movie will focus on the chaotic events at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, where Kennedy was taken after the shooting. Release is planned for some time next year, which is the fiftieth anniversary of the events. No news yet on the parts each actor will play.

Bugliosi, is known for prosecuting Charles Manson for the sensational Tate/LaBianaca murders of 1969. The book he wrote about that case, Helter Skelter was a long-standing best seller. In Reclaiming History, he concludes that official investigations were correct; Lee Harvey Oswald killed Kennedy, acting alone. At the time the book was released, reviewers made much of the its length —  1,612 pages, plus notes, which were included on a CD-ROM (NYT Book ReviewThe New Yorker).

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