As the Dallas Morning News has so thoroughly demonstrated, this year will be All JFK, All The Time. But coming out this September will be something relatively rare: a new Hollywood film about the assassination. Parkland, as Robert Wilonsky reported last fall, is actually about the doctors and nurses at Parkland Hospital, played by such actors as Paul Giamatti, Zac Efron, Jacki Weaver and Billy Bob Thornton. Produced by Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, Nigel Sinclair, Matt Jackson and Fort Worth native Bill Paxton, the film was shot mostly in Austin (with, apparently, some footage shot here).
So why post this now? W.W. Norton has announced it’s reprinting Vincent Bugliosi’s Reclaiming History, the book that inspired the screenplay and which debunks conspiracy theories. What’s more, in September, Norton is publishing a movie tie-in version of Reclaiming History called Parkland.
But, oddly enough, the Amazon write-up describes the new volume as both “originally titled Four Days in November,” which is the name of an even earlier assassination volume by Bugliosi, and “based on Reclaiming History.”
Actually, if anything, all of this research by Bugliosi began — as he explains in his introduction to Reclaiming — with his efforts for a London TV production in 1986. He played the prosecutor for an imaginary trial of Lee Harvey Oswald while celebrated legal-gun-for-hire Gerry Spence was the defense attorney. As Bulgiosi said, it was the first time people would see such evidence laid out on television, and both men were as competitive as any hotshot lawyers would be, so Bugliosi went at it as seriously and thoroughly as he could.