Freed from his duties managing The Wonders (neé The Oneders), Tom Hanks — who has already definitively chronicled World War II, AIDs, space, 9/11, World War II again, volcanoes, and Meg Ryan’s vagina in his various projects — is bringing that unique Playtone feel to a different, lighter project: a movie about JFK getting shot in the head.
OR SO THEY WANT YOU TO THINK.
Playtone principals Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman are set to produce Parkland, an indie drama about the assassination of John F. Kennedy that will mark the directorial debut of scribe Peter Landesman.
Pic chronicles the events leading up to JFK’s assassination and Abraham Zapruder’s famous documentation of the event. (Via)
And the movie topic’s only competition is JFK, that one episode of The X-Files, that other episode of Seinfeld, The Murder of JFK: A Revisionist History, The JFK Assassination: The Jim Garrison Tapes, Who Shot President Kennedy?, and about a hundred other titles. Isn’t it time we’ve moved onto another assassination? A house painter once tried to shoot Andrew Jackson. That could make for an interesting film. Ditto the salon keeper, John Flammang Schrank, who tried to take down the Bull Moose, Theodore Roosevelt. Or if you want to go abroad, base a movie on the first man to be assassinated by a firearm, James Stewart, 1st Earl of Moray.
Didn’t Watchmen already answer the question of who shot JFK? It was Jeffrey Dean Morgan, dammit.
[Vince’s Note: I have such a huge boner for this scene.]