Koch Media Snaps Up U.K. Rights to JFK Assassination Drama 'Parkland'
LONDON -- Germany's Koch Media has inked a deal for U.K. distribution rights to Parkland, the Zac Efron and Marcia Gay Harden thriller that recounts the events at Parkland Hospital in Dallas on November 22, 1963, the day U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.
Based on the book Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy by Vincent Bugliosi, Parkland is written by Peter Landesman, who makes his directorial debut with his own script.
Koch inked the deal with Exclusive Media for the movie and plans a wide release in November.
Parkland also stars Billy Bob Thornton, Jacki Weaver and Paul Giamatti, as well as Ron Livingston, Mark Duplass and Colin Hanks.
Exclusive Media previously inked a multi-territory deal with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions for Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Latin America.
Other deals will see the film distributed in Australia and New Zealand (Roadshow); France (Metropolitan); Italy (RAI); Israel (United King); Hong Kong (Golden Harvest); India and Pakistan (Tanweer); Indonesia (PT Amero); the Philippines (Captive); Singapore (Golden Village); Taiwan (Catchplay); Thailand (M Pictures); and the Baltic States (ACME).
The film will be released 50 years after President Kennedy was assassinated.
Koch Media business development director Thomas Hedman described the movie as "a very exciting proposition" for the company's British distribution arm.
"Not only is it produced by a company with an excellent pedigree, but with a cast that offers strength in depth, and this year marking such an important milestone in history, we have a unique opportunity to bring the story to a broad U.K. audience,” Hedman said.
Koch’s upcoming release slate includes Thanks for Sharing, Magic Magic and The Frozen Ground.