'JFK' helmer to exec prod King/Kennedy TV pic
Oliver Stone’s Illusion Entertainment has joined forces with Zaloom-Marfield Prods. to craft a two-hour docu for Turner Original Prods. and TBS Superstation, recounting the final months before the 1968 assassinations of Robert F. Kennedy and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
“Assassinated: The Last Days of King and Kennedy” is skedded to bow April 5 on the Turner Broadcasting cabler. It marks Stone’s maiden documentary venture, with the director of “JFK,” “Platoon,” “Nixon” and “Born On the Fourth of July” serving as an executive producer of the project along with Dan Halsted, Phil Jones, George Zaloom and TBS’s Pat Mitchell.
Docu filmmakers Vince DiPersio and William Guttentag directed “Last Days of King and Kennedy,” going back 30 years to recall the political journeys and agendas of the two, as they moved on a collision course with fate.
King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, felled by a bullet as he stood on his hotel balcony in Memphis, Tenn. Kennedy was killed precisely two months later on June 4 at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, after giving a speech celebrating his victory in the California Democratic primary.