Playtone taps scribe Peter Landesman for directing debut on 'Parkland'

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.

Title refers to Parkland Memorial Hospital, where Kennedy was rushed on Nov. 22, 1963 and later pronounced dead. Two days later, his assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald died at Parkland. Several years later, Oswald’s killer, Jack Ruby, also died there.

Like Emilio Estevez’s Golden Globe-nominated 2006 drama “Bobby,” Playtone’s “Parkland” will be an ensemble film that explores the impact the assassination had on a wide range of characters in and around Dallas on that fateful day, including an FBI agent, a young doctor, a reporter, several Secret Service agents, Kennedy’s staff, Oswald’s older brother, Jackie Kennedy and Zapruder. “Parkland” reteams Hanks and Goetzman with Landesman, who previously wrote a movie based on FBI agent Mark Felt (aka Deep Throat) for Playtone and Universal Pictures. Landesman also wrote the hostage drama “The Mission” for Warner Bros. and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, as well as an adaptation for Ross Macdonald’s “The Galton Case” for WB and Silver Pictures.

Landesman previously wrote the New York Times article “The Girls Next Door,” which served as the basis for the 2007 Kevin Kline drama “Trade,” which Landesman exec produced.

Playtone, which recently tapped “Stoker” scribe Wentworth Miller to adapt “The Story of Edgar Sawtelle,” continues to develop a “Lizzie Borden” project for HBO.

Hanks and Goetzman are repped by CAA, while WME and Jackoway Tyerman rep Landesman.

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