Seriously, History Channel? Seriously??
I'm not saying that they shouldn't make a movie about Kennedy Assassination. There have been a few of those over the years. And it is the 50th anniversary. I'd rather not have one, but I understand it, and okay.
And I'm not saying either that they shouldn't do a movie that apparently focuses as much about the guy who killed the President of the United States -- because, after all, no one imbalanced would think it's pretty cool to have a whole movie made about you. It's a different perspective, after all. I'd much rather not have one, but I understand that, too, and okay.
But honestly, couldn't you have come up with a better title? You're supposed to be the classy channel, I'd have thought. At least when they made the movie about the sick murderer who killed John Lennon, they had the decency to call it Chapter 27. Not Shooting John Lennon to Death.
(In fairness, Chapter 27 was a huge flop. I had to write PR for it, so I was required to watch it, and I did -- except for 15 seconds, with my eyes closes -- and it was well done. But I suspect it flopped not because people didn't know what it was about, but because they did. And no one wanted to see it.)
Will Killing Kennedy get more attention for the title? Yeah, probably. But so would The Hooters Movie with all the waitresses serving customers bare breasted. But I'm guessing the channel has a semblance of standards and good taste. Or at least, I thought that.
Maybe the movie will be wonderful, and not skin-crawling creepy. Maybe audiences will flock to it because of the title. And maybe that attention-getting title will keep them away.
But it's nonetheless surprising to look at something 50 years old and say, "Too soon."
11/6/2013 10:48:08 am
Unfortunately, it is the title of the book by Bill O'Rielly that it is supposedly based on. The National Geographic Channel (run by Fox) already aired a show based on his Killing Lincoln book. Thankfully, Tom Hanks came in to do narration and had some of his Playtone collaborators fix Bill's research, restoring some historical accuracy. I haven't heard of anything equally reassuring about Killing Kennedy, but the Lincoln show earned enough goodwill with me to give it a shot. (If you'll excuse the expression.) Bill-o has another "history" book out. Its called killing Jesus. I guess his audience can't handle abstract titles.
11/6/2013 11:21:59 am
Thanks for that. It's still a horrifically bad title, as well as for the book. And doing it as a movie is all the worse, to me.
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Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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