Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Cinemystery: Casting News for Parkland

Cinemystery: Crime Novels Adapted for Film

A film — or mini-series — adaptation of the book Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy by Vincent Bugliosi has been in the works for years now. But lately the project seems to have firmed up, with a cast now being assembled for what is expected to be a film release on the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination (i.e. November 2013).

Titled Parkland — after the hospital to which the President was first sent, and in which he was later pronounced dead — the ensemble film will explore the impact of the event on a wide range of characters, including an FBI agent, a doctor, a reporter, a Secret Service agent, and others.

Three cast members were announced yesterday — Paul Giamatti, Billy Bob Thornton, and Jacki Weaver — though the roles they will play were not provided.

Peter Landesman has written the adapted screenplay and will also direct. Reclaiming History was honored with an Edgar Award in 2008 for Best Fact Crime.

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Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy by Vincent Bugliosi

Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy
Vincent Bugliosi

This extraordinary and historic book required twenty years to research and write. The oft-challenged findings of the Warren Commission—Lee Harvey Oswald, acting alone, shot and killed President John F. Kennedy—are here confirmed beyond all doubt. But Reclaiming History does much more than that. In addition to providing a powerful and unprecedented narrative of events and a biography of the assassin, it confronts and destroys every one of the conspiracy theories that have grown up since the assassination, exposing their selective use of evidence, flawed logic, and outright deceptions. So thoroughly documented, so compellingly lucid in its conclusions, Reclaiming History is, in a sense, the investigation that completes the work of the Warren Commission. In it, Vincent Bugliosi, the nation's foremost prosecutor, takes on the most important murder in American history.

At 1:00 p.m. on November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was pronounced dead, the victim of a sniper attack during his motorcade through Dallas. That may be the only fact generally agreed upon in the vast literature spawned by the assassination. National polls reveal that an overwhelming majority of Americans (75%) believe that there was a high-level conspiracy behind Lee Harvey Oswald. Many even believe that Oswald was entirely innocent. In this continuously absorbing, powerful, ground-breaking book, Vincent Bugliosi shows how we have come to believe such lies about an event that changed the course of history.

The brilliant prosecutor of Charles Manson and the man who forged an iron-clad case of circumstantial guilt around O. J. Simpson in his best-selling Outrage Bugliosi is perhaps the only man in America capable of writing the definitive book on the Kennedy assassination. This is an achievement that has for years seemed beyond reach. No one imagined that such a book would ever be written: a single volume that once and for all resolves, beyond any reasonable doubt, every lingering question as to what happened in Dallas and who was responsible.

There have been hundreds of books about the assassination, but there has never been a book that covers the entire case, including addressing each and every conspiracy theory and the facts, or alleged facts, on which they are based. In this monumental work, the author has raised scholarship on the assassination to a new and final level, one that far surpasses all other books on the subject. It adds resonance, depth, and closure to the admirable work of the Warren Commission.

Reclaiming History is a narrative compendium of fact, forensic evidence, reexamination of key witnesses, and common sense. Every detail and nuance is accounted for, every conspiracy theory revealed as a fraud on the American public. Bugliosi's irresistible logic, command of the evidence, and ability to draw startling inferences shed fresh light on this American nightmare. At last it all makes sense.

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