Tom Hanks to produce film on JFK assassination

Tom Hanks to produce film on JFK assassination

Parkland's role in the aftermath of the Kennedy assassination will be the focus of a feature film produced by Tom Hanks.

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Posted on August 17, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 17 at 7:02 PM

DALLAS – Parkland Memorial Hospital is getting the Hollywood treatment.

Tom Hanks has announced that he will produce a film based on the JFK assassination titled "Parkland," the hospital where John F. Kennedy was pronounced dead and where his assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, also died. 

Jack Ruby, who shot Oswald, spent his last moments at the same hospital.

Dallas County Commissioner Janis Burkland said she had an initial conversation with Hanks’ representatives on Thursday about getting part of the film shot in Dallas. But the hope, at least for the Dallas Film Commission folks, is to get the project filmed entirely inside the city.

Hanks joins fellow Playtone Productions co-founder Gary Goetzman in producing the film. Variety, which broke the story Friday morning, reported the two had tapped Peter Landesman to direct –– the independent drama will mark the writer’s first time behind the camera. 

Variety says the film will be an “ensemble” production that focuses on a slew of individuals in and near the shooting, including Abraham Zapruder, who captured the infamous footage of the shot that claimed the former president’s life. 

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