So It Begins On JFK Feature, PARKLAND. More Including Colin Hanks Join The Cast
I’ve received this press release from Exclusive Media’s historical JFK feature, PARKLAND, which has commenced principal photography.
It also states that James Badge Dale, Jackie Earle Haley, Colin Hanks, David Harbour and Ron Livingston joined the all-star cast.
Check out details below!..
JAMES BADGE DALE, JACKIE EARLE HALEY, COLIN HANKS, DAVID HARBOUR, AND RON LIVINGSTON
JOIN ‘PARKLAND’ ALL-STAR ENSEMBLE CAST
ACCLAIMED CINEMATOGRAPHER BARRY ACKROYD TO LENS HISTORICAL JFK FEATURE
THE AMERICAN FILM COMPANY COMES ABOARD
Austin, Texas (JANUARY 25, 2013) – Exclusive Media Co-Chairmen Nigel Sinclair and Guy East announced today that principal photography has commenced on the feature film PARKLAND. Based on the book Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy, by Vincent Bugliosi, the adapted screenplay is written by award-winning journalist and novelist Peter Landesman, who is making his directorial debut. The dramatic thriller is produced by Playtone partners Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, as well as Exclusive Media, and The American Film Company, which will also co-finance with Exclusive. Bill Paxton is also a Producer.
Founded by entrepreneur Joe Ricketts, The American Film Company is dedicated to making films about true stories from American history. The company’s last feature, THE CONSPIRATOR, starred James McAvoy and Robin Wright and was directed by Robert Redford. Ricketts and American Film Company president Brian Falk are Executive Producers on PARKLAND.
PARKLAND recounts the chaotic events that occurred at Parkland Hospital in Dallas on the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, November 22nd 1963. Part thriller, part real-time drama, PARKLAND is the ferocious, heart-stopping story of unexceptional people fighting for survival and reaching for heroism in an exceptional time.
Actors joining the ensemble in PARKLAND are: James Badge Dale (The Pacific, Rubicon, SHAME), Oscar nominated Jackie Earle Haley (LINCOLN, WATCHMEN, SHUTTER ISLAND), Colin Hanks (THE GUILT TRIP, W, THE GOOD GUYS), David Harbour (END OF WATCH, THE NEWSROOM, THE GREEN HORNET), and Golden Glove nominee Ron Livingston (OFFICE SPACE, BAND OF BROTHERS, SEX AND THE CITY).
Previously announced cast include Oscar nominated Paul Giamatti (THE IDES OF MARCH, CINDERELLA MAN), Oscar winner Billy Bob Thornton (SLING BLADE, EAGLE EYE), Oscar nominee Jacki Weaver (SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, ANIMAL KINGDOM), Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden (MYSTIC RIVER, POLLOCK), Zac Efron (THE PAPERBOY, AT ANY PRICE, THE LUCKY ONE), and Jeremy Strong (ZERO DARK THIRTY, LINCOLN).
Acclaimed Academy Award winning director of photography Barry Ackroyd (THE HURT LOCKER CAPTAIN PHILLIPS, CONTRABAND, GREEN ZONE, UNITED 93) will lens director Peter Landesman’s powerful and mesmerizing story.
Nigel Sinclair commented, “We already have the dream filmmaking team with Playtone and Peter Landesman, but to now have Joe Ricketts, Brian Falk and The American Film Company joining this project, with their innovative marketing strategies, is an exceptional addition. Barry Ackroyd and this powerful and diverse ensemble cast round out the project and set it apart from all others.”
“We’re delighted to be partnering with Exclusive Media and Playtone on this exciting project,” said Joe Ricketts, the founder and CEO of The American Film Company. “Our aim is to tell compelling stories that accurately portray extraordinary characters and events from American history, and that’s exactly what PARKLAND promises to do.”
Peter Landesman is an award-winning journalist and novelist who wrote the New York Times article “The Girls Next Door,” the basis for the Kevin Kline starrer TRADE, which he also executive produced. He has a number of scripts in active development including the former FBI agent Mark Felt aka “Deep Throat,” story set up at Playtone and Universal Pictures and THE MISSION for Warner Bros. and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura. Landesman also wrote an adaptation of The Galton Case, the 8th book in the mystery series by Ross MacDonald, for Warner Bros. and Silver Pictures.
As part of the production deal, Exclusive Media purchased the rights to the book that provides the source material for the film – the epic Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy, by renowned author and former prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi. The work was published in 2007 by W.W. Norton & Company and won the 2008 Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime. Bugliosi, a three time Edgar Award winner, also wrote the number one New York Times bestsellers; “Helter Skelter,” “And The Sea Will Tell” and “Outrage.”
To achieve the 1960s period look, the film will be shot primarily in Austin, Texas and is destined for a 2013 US theatrical release around the 50th anniversary of the assassination. Limited filming also takes place in Dallas.
The production of PARKLAND is a partnership between Playtone, Exclusive Media and The American Film Company.
Playtone is Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman’s film and television Production Company. Film releases include WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE, CHARLIE WILSON’S WAR, MAMMA MIA!, THE POLAR EXPRESS, and MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING. Television credits include the Emmy winning movie “Game Change” and the Emmy winning mini-series “The Pacific,” “John Adams” and “Band of Brothers.”
ABOUT EXCLUSIVE MEDIA
Exclusive Media is a vertically integrated global filmed entertainment company, founded in May 2008 with the backing of the strategic investment group Cyrte Investments. Exclusive Media develops, finances, produces, markets and distributes prestige and talent driven commercial and documentary feature films on a global basis.
Exclusive Media is run by a four member Executive Board with Nigel Sinclair as Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Guy East as Co-Chairman, Simon Oakes as Vice Chairman and President of Hammer and Marc Schipper as Chief Operating Officer. Supporting the Executive Board in both the operational management and strategic expansion of the business is a strong team of highly skilled professionals who have a broad range of complementary experience.
Exclusive Media’s development and production activities operate through three specialist labels: UK based Hammer for genre titles, Spitfire Pictures for documentary features and the flagship label Exclusive Media for all other feature film production. Exclusive Media also enjoys a co-development and co-production deal with Cross Creek Pictures.
Exclusive Media’s international sales & distribution division maintains a strong marketing presence and represents the group’s in-house productions plus its growing library of over 600 titles, as well as actively acquiring third party feature films to further strengthen its international distribution slate. Additionally, under a unique and exclusive partnership with Scott Pictures, Exclusive Media handles the international sales and servicing for the production company’s theatrical feature films under a new and separate sales label called Scott Pictures International (SPI).
The company recently launched a US distribution company, Exclusive Releasing and holds a minority stake in Millennium Entertainment.
For further information about the company, our slate of films, library and our experienced management team please visit www.exclusivemedia.com
ABOUT THE AMERICAN FILM COMPANY
The American Film Company was founded by entrepreneur Joe Ricketts with the mandate to produce and finance movies based on the best stories from America’s past.
For more information about The American Film Company and it’s projects, please visit www.theamericanfilmcompany.com
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