Just as BZFilm predicted not long ago here (Real life tragedies as stories for Hollywood movies), it seems like the film on the Boston Marathon bombings will eventually be made.
Screenwriters Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy have optioned feature film rights to “Boston Strong,” an upcoming book by Casey Sherman and Boston Herald reporter Dave Wedge, an individual familiar with the deal has told TheWrap.
“Boston Strong” will examine the city’s reaction to the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15 and the subsequent hunt for sibling suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the latter of whom was captured April 19 following a massive manhunt.
The Boston Marathon had 2 bombs exploded at the public event, where three people were killed and over 260 were injured.
Sherman and Wedge are currently writing “Boston Strong,” which University Press of New England will publish sometime next year.
Johnson and Tamasy will write the script themselves, as they have the option for at least one year and may acquire additional rights if necessary.
TheWrap says that “Boston Strong” may garner controversy, although an individual familiar with the movie insists the screenwriters aren’t looking to exploit the tragedy.
Johnson and Tamasy’s reps at Verve Talent and Literary Agency negotiated the deal with Michael Prevett of the Gotham Group and John Ivey of Altus Marketing & Management.
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