Canada and Australia to produce JFK docu-drama
Filming has begun in Dallas, Texas, for JFK: The Smoking Gun, a docu-drama about the assassination of US president John F. Kennedy. Featuring dramatic reconstruction, the two-hour special is based on the work of a police detective who spent four years investigating the mysteries surrounding the assassination.
A Canadian and Australian co-production, the film is from Muse Entertainment (Canada) and Cordell Jigsaw Zapruder (Australia), a merger of Cordell Jigsaw Productions and Other Films. Muse is in familiar territory - having previously made the Emmy award-winning miniseries, The Kennedys.
Detective Colin McLaren worked on the JFK case of four years, and claims he found the smoking gun that killed the 35th US president.
Also featuring CGI and 3D animation, the docu-drama revisits key scenes of the assassination, including Dallas’s Dealey Plaza where the shooting took place, and Parkland Hospital, where the president was pronounced dead.
It will air on the Discovery Canada, SBS Australia and Reelz Channel in the US.
Writing duties are in the hands of Steve Lucas, with Malcolm McDonald directing. It is being produced by Jesse Prupas and Michael Cordell. Executive producers are Michael Prupas (The Kennedys) and Simon Egan (The King’s Speech). Filming will move from Dallas to Montreal, where it will wrap at the end of June.