David Mamet to Direct 2 Days/1963, a New Film About the Kennedy Assassination

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There’s no shortage of films about the JFK, but David Mamet’s latest project about Kennedy’s assassination could shed new light on what happened that fateful day in November 1963. That’s because 2 Days/1963 was written by Nicholas Celozzi, and per dead linethe script “purports to tell how [Celozzi’s] great uncle, the notorious Chicago mobster Sam Giancana, arranged the assassination of President John F Kennedy as revenge for trying to bring down organized crime after the mob helped put JFK in the White House.” Bonnie Giancana, Sam Giancana’s daughter will also serve as a consultant and executive producer on the project.

The movie will be produced by Monaco Films, and Mamet plans to rewrite the script before production.

“Nick wrote and sent me this script, and it’s a helluva script,” Mamet said, per dead line. “Really inside stuff, similar to what Francis Coppola did with Mario Puzo in The Godfather. That’s the great American film, but it’s got very little to do with the book. what’s The Godfather really about? Francis Coppola and Mario Puzo sitting around a kitchen table and telling the stories they overheard of their grandparents. That’s why we love that movie, it reeks of being inside, of family and cultural myths presented like gossip. It’s the stuff Nick heard around the kitchen table from the people who he knew. It’s incredibly yummy. It made me say, I would love to make this movie, and here we are.”

Indeed, Celozzi says he heard stories about the assassination from his family, and he feels certain they were involved. “I feel very solid about all of it,” he said. “My Uncle Joe, we called him Pepe, he was with [Giancana] those two days when those other guys were down in Dallas. They usually drove my uncle around, so I asked Pepe to drive him around. The story I got, I got from him. The story of the underbelly that pulled it off. Pepe was the fly on the wall, in the basement, at Accardi’s house. When I gave the script to Bonnie Giancana to read, she said you’re about 85% correct.”

A production schedule for the film has yet to be announced, but we’ll continue to update this post as additional information becomes available.

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