Not that movies based on the JFK assassination ever really went out of style, with the 50th anniversary of the event right around the corner, studios are scrambling to tell the story their own way. Just a few days ago we learned David Mamet and Cate Blanchett would be teaming up for Blackbird, and Tom Hanks is producing the ensemble drama Parkland which is due to release right around the anniversary date. Three years ago Leonardo DiCaprio picked up the rights to produce Legacy of Secrecy, the JFK book by Lamar Waldron and my favorite political commentator Thom Hartmann, and now he's finally found his director in David O. Russell.
Currently busy filming his Abscam project American Hustle, O. Russell has come aboard to write and direct the adaptation, which theorizes that the mafia was behind Kennedy's assassination, based on new evidence and the previously-sealed confession by crime boss Carlos Marcello. As if that wasn't promising enough, it looks like O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook star Robert De Niro is set to play Marcello, with DiCaprio as FBI informant Jack van Laningham, the man who secured Marcello's confession. The news was broken by van Laningham's son in a conversation with Showbiz411 during Cannes.
It's funny, because I've been hearing Hartmann talk about this project off and on for awhile with nothing ever seeming to move forward. Obviously that's now changed in a major way, as this could potentially be O. Russell's next project. He's currently eying The Ends of the Earth with Jennifer Lawrence and possibly Christian Bale, but there doesn't appear to be a firm start date on that yet.