Award-Winning Writer/Director Stephen Gyllenhaal to Pen and Direct The Kennedy Detail
As the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy approaches next year, award-winning director Stephen Gyllenhaal has signed on to the feature film The Kennedy Detail as Screenwriter and Director. The motion picture focuses on the men of the Secret Service protective detail assigned to President John F. Kennedy. The project is targeted for a November, 2013 release, coinciding with the tragic anniversary.
“This is the project of a lifetime and I could not be more excited to be part of it,” said Gyllenhaal. “Everyone knows how this story ends, but the true stories told through the eyes of this extraordinary band of brothers, from JFK’s election to that awful day in Dallas, have never been told. It is time to share their perspective with the world.”
Gyllenhaal has begun work on the script with his research including interviews with many of the surviving members of President Kennedy’s protective detail and their family members. The film will be based on the New York Times best-selling book The Kennedy Detail by former agent Gerald Blaine and award-winning journalist Lisa McCubbin, with a foreword by former agent Clint Hill. Hill has signed as a special advisor to the project, and McCubbin and Hill will be associate producers.
“The plan is to go into production in late January, 2013,” according to producer Ken Atchity.
Gyllenhaal received a Director’s Guild of America (DGA) Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Specials for his work on Paris Trout. In addition, his credits include Waterland, A Dangerous Woman, Losing Isaiah, and Homegrown. In 2012, he was nominated for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television by the DGA for Girl Fight. Among his many television movie and mini-series credits are Living with the Dead, Time Bomb, and A Killing in a Small Town, for which he received an Emmy nomination for directing, and the Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated Family of Spies. He has directed several episodes of prominent television series including The Mentalist, Numb3rs, Blue Bloods, Twin Peaks, and Homicide: Life on the Street.
Gyllenhaal has just released his recent feature film, Grassroots, which he wrote and directed, and is in post-production on a documentary about dream interpretation titled Exquisite Content. He serves as Chair of the DGA’s Independent Director’s Committee. He’s repped by the Gersh Agency and Untitled Entertainment.
The Kennedy Detail is being produced by Atchity Entertainment International (AEI) of Los Angeles, Atchity and Chi-Li Wong producers, and Ramos & Sparks Group of Tallahassee, Florida, with Richard Ramos and Robert Sparks producers. The option on the book was announced on April 13, 2012. kennedydetailfeaturefilm.com.
About Atchity Entertainment International
Atchity Entertainment International is based in Los Angeles. AEI has produced both feature films and projects for television. Dr. Ken Atchity is the Chief Executive Officer of AEI who, along with AEI COO Chi-Li Wong, produced Joe Somebody with Tim Allen, Life or Something Like It with Angelina Jolie and Ed Burns, The Madams Family (CBS) with Ellen Burstyn, The Lost Valentine (Hallmark Hall of Fame/CBS), with Betty White and Jennifer Love Hewitt, and Informant Media’sHysteria, with Maggie Gyllenhaal and Hugh Dancy (Sony Picture Classics).
Upcoming films include Expatriate, with Aaron Eckhart (Informant/Weinstein Bros.), Trigger Switch (Informant), and Ripley’s Believe It or Not at Paramount. Other New York Times bestselling books launched by Atchity include Jesse Ventura’s I Ain’t Got Time to Bleed and Clint Hill and Lisa McCubbin’s bestselling Mrs. Kennedy and Me, released by Gallery Books. www.aeionline.com.
About Ramos & Sparks Group
Ramos & Sparks Group is a business development, communications and government consulting firm based in Tallahassee, Florida. R&S represents regional, national and international clients focusing on communications, project management, political consulting and strategic planning.
Partners Rich Ramos and Bob Sparks have previously worked with athletes and entertainers on marketing, appearances and productions. Both have also held senior positions in both federal and state government, including the Office of the Florida Attorney General and the Office of the Governor. http://ramos-sparks.com.
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