‘Parkland’ U.K. Release to Coincide With JFK Assassination Anniversary

Drama premiered at Venice

The U.K. release for “Parkland,” the John F. Kennedy assassination drama, has been moved back two weeks by distributor Koch Media to Nov. 22 — when it will  coincide with the 50th anniversary of the day Kennedy was killed in Dallas.

Five other markets — Australia, Hong Kong, Italy, New Zealand and Singapore — have also set Nov. 22 launches. Other openings include the Philippines on Nov. 13, Israel and Russia on Nov. 14, the Middle East on Nov. 28 and Taiwan on Dec. 6.

Parkland,” starring Zac Efron, Marcia Gay Harden and Paul Giamatti, premiered at the Venice Film Festival and had its North American premiere at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival. It’s grossed $524,100 in two weekends in the U.S. and was playing at 133 screens this weekend.

The film, directed by Peter Landesman from his own script, recounts the aftermath of the assassination and is named after Parkland Hospital in Dallas, where Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald expired. It’s produced by Playtone partners Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, Bill Paxton and Exclusive Media’s Nigel Sinclair and Matt Jackson.

Cast includes James Badge Dale, Jackie Earle Haley, Colin Hanks, David Harbour, Ron Livingston, Jeremy Strong, Billy Bob Thornton and Jacki Weaver. Script is based on the book “Four Days in November” by Vincent Bugliosi.

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