Mark Wahlberg to produce Boston Marathon bombing movie


Mark Wahlberg, Scott Stuber, Dylan Clark, Stephen Levinson and Michael Radutzky will produce Patriots' Day, a movie chronicling the events of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, for CBS Films.

No director or actor is attached yet, but a source indicated that Wahlberg is considering coming on board for one of the roles.

Patriots' Day is based on the account of Boston Police commissioner Ed Davis. Matt Charman (Bridge Of Spies) is writing the screenplay and Nicholas Nesbitt will executive produce.

Davis worked with the FBI, Watertown Police Department, Boston Police Department, Massachusetts State Police and local first responders to track, identify and apprehend the suspected bombers.

The announcement came earlier this week as the defense rested its case in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is accused of the April 15, 2013, attack. Juror deliberations will begin next week after closing arguments.

It's the first collaboration between 60 Minutes and CBS Films. Radutzky is a 60 Minutes senior producer who leads the broadcast's creative development unit, 60 Minutes Productions.

CBS Films has secured Davis' life rights as well as the information in connection with the 60 Minutes story in which he appeared.

Patriots Day is the second Boston Marathon bombing movie project that's in development. Variety reported in November that Fox had acquired rights to the spec script Boston Strong with Daniel Espinosa directing.

Davis was appointed the police commissioner of the Boston Police Department in 2006, serving seven years before announcing his retirement in 2013. He serves as the security analyst on WBZ News Boston.

Wahlberg is a Boston native. He portrayed Bostonians in The Departed, The Fighter and Ted. The news was first reported by Deadline. — Reuters

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