Despite a big budget and a host of A-list actors, Tom Hanks’s JFK flick “Parkland” proved to be a dud, As I wrote here last year, “The fact that the movie tanked at the box office and puzzled critics indicated its presentation of JFK’s murder as a fairly ordinary homicide in Texas had no resonance, even with elite media organizations imbued with a cultural affinity for the lone gunman theory.
But the story of the forces behind the making of the movie, explored in James DiEugenio’s book “Reclaiming Parkland,” is an in-depth tale of the collusive culture-making machinery of Hollywood and major news organizations.
From DiEugenio’s website, Citizens for Truth About the Kennedy Assassination:
“Reclaiming Parkland describes Tom Hanks’s failed attempt to adapt Vincent Bugliosi’s massive book Reclaiming History into a mini-series. It also exposes the origins of that book in a dubious mock trial. Included is a withering critique of Bugliosi’s inflated book. The author examines an early draft of the film ‘Parkland,’ the CIA’s influence in Hollywood today, Hanks’s closeness to Washington, and the actor’s spurious claim of being a historian. Also included is the author’s unsuccessful attempt to stop Leonardo DiCaprio from making a film out of Legacy of Secrecy.”
You can order the book on Amazon.com.