Bell Media’s Discovery, Muse Entertainment, and Cordell/Jigsaw/Zapruder announced that filming begins today in Dallas, Texas, onJFK: THE SMOKING GUN. A special investigative documentary, JFK: THE SMOKING GUN is based on the work of veteran Police Detective Colin McLaren, who spent four years on the forensic cold case investigation of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. What he had – and other investigators did not – was modern technology and access to all the evidence, facts, and eye-witness testimony. He believes he has managed to solve a crime that is every bit as shocking and incredible today as it was when it happened 50 years ago. Has McLaren found the “smoking gun” that killed J.F.K.?
JFK: THE SMOKING GUN is a Canada-Australia co-production and is produced by Montreal’s Muse Entertainment (THE KENNEDYS) and Australia’s Cordell/ Jigsaw/Zapruder (GO BACK WHERE YOU CAME FROM) for Discovery Canada, SBS Australia, and REELZCHANNEL in the U.S. The two-hour special will air in November 2013 to mark the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s death.
Detective McLaren’s findings are a far cry from the fanciful conspiracy theories that surround the world’s most famous assassination. His case is methodically constructed from simple logic and available evidence using time-tested investigative techniques to solve the crime, including key archival photographic evidence, medical reports, and bullet science.
With dramatic recreations, the two-hour special takes audiences back to that tragic day in Dallas at Dealey Plaza where the shooting took place, to Parkland Hospital where the president was pronounced dead, to the Bethesda Naval Hospital where the autopsy was conducted, and to the witness testimonies and proceedings at the Warren Commission that have remained controversial to this day. Ballistic experiments, CGI, and 3D animation are also used to enhance the viewers’ experience.
Following the production unit in Dallas, filming continues in Montreal until the end of June.
JFK: THE SMOKING GUN is written by Steve Lucas (EXHIBIT A: SECRETS OF FORENSIC SCIENCE), directed by Malcolm McDonald (THE EXTRAORDINARY TALE OF WILLIAM BUCKLEY), and produced by Jesse Prupas (MARCH TO THE TOP) and Michael Cordell (ANATOMY OF A MASSACRE). Executive Producers are Michael Prupas (THE KENNEDYS) and Simon Egan (THE KING’S SPEECH).
Muse Distribution International and Cordell/Jigsaw/Zapruder are sharing world distribution rights to the documentary special.
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