It is perhaps the greatest murder mystery in the history of our country: On November 22, 1963, while riding in a motorcade through Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas, President John F. Kennedy was gunned down by a lone assassin from atop the Texas School Book Depository. At least that’s the way the government spear-headed Warren Report and American history books have sold it to the world over the last fifty six years.
Legendary director Oliver Stone (Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July, Nixon) laid out a far more sinister and insidious theory as to what exactly happened to the president on that long ago autumn day in his Oscar winning 1991 film, JFK. Through the eyes of New Orleans D.A. Jim Garrison (Kevin Costner, rarely better), Stone methodically and dramatically presented evidence of a conspiracy by a shadowy group with potential ties to the U.S. government and military complex who were intent on taking out one of the most revered and controversial political figures of modern times.
Almost thirty years after the premiere of JFK, Stone is returning to this sad and fertile ground for a follow-up to his original opus in the form of a docu-series for AGC Television which they describe as not only probing, but also explosive. AGC acquired worldwide rights to Stone’s reexamination of the tragedy late last year. Going by the title Oliver Stone’s “JFK: Destiny Betrayed” and based off of the riveting book Destiny Betrayed: JFK, Cuba, and the Garrison Case by author James DiEugenio, it promises to be a searing and illuminating indictment against the possible shadowy conspiracy that forever altered the shape of our future from ’63 onward.
“Stone will put Kennedy’s assassination in context politically, and present interviews, documents, and forensics reports that will change forever how Kennedy’s life, political career, and assassination will be considered,” an AGC press release stated.
“Those interviewed in the series include John Tuneim, chairman of the Assassination Records Review Board, criminologist Henry Lee, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., James Galbraith, and Salon founder David Talbot.
“It’s not an exaggeration to state that this series features the most distinguished collection of talent and knowledge on the JFK case ever assembled,” concluded the AGC statement.
A lot has happened in the JFK assassination investigations (mostly funded and undertaken by private citizens) since Stone took a turn at the wheel back in 1991 and much of that new material will serve as the foundation for the launch of the director’s new investigation into Kennedy’s demise in this new docu-series. Recently declassified files related to the president’s killing will be one of the damning bits of evidence put center-stage as the series follows Stone and author James DiEugenio as they put the new evidence in a much larger context.
AGC president Lourdes Diaz adds that AGC “have long admired Oliver Stone and his work, and the revelatory information his new documentary brings forward not only sheds a new light on JFK’s presidency and his assassination, it informs us about our contemporary world.”
JFK: Destiny Betrayed will also feature a number of reunions between Oliver Stone and a lot of his original collaborators from JFK: Jeff Beal, who is a renowned composer and cut his teeth on the original film will return to assist on the score. “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to collaborate with Oliver Stone once again,” enthused Beal. Another JFK alumni returning is cinematographer par excellence Robert Richardson who shot Stone’s first foray into smoky, conspiracy-laden back rooms and who won the first of three Oscars in doing so.
“This documentary film represents an important bookend to my 1991 film” Stone said in a statement. “It ties up many loose threads, and hopefully repudiates much of the ignorance around the case and the movie.”
JFK: Destiny Betrayed is being produced by Rob Wilson (late of Showtime’s excellent Stone series The Untold History of the United States) along with Ingenious Media.
Stuart Ford and Diaz, Ingenious Media’s Andrea Scarso, Peter Touche, Amit Pandya and Angela Ceccio and Fernando Sulichin act as executive producers.
An official air date for JFK: Destiny Betrayed has not yet been announced, but keep an eye on Vents for any updates as we get closer to the anniversary of President Kennedy’s death.