Mark Wahlberg Joins Boston Bombing Drama Patriots Day
Mark Wahlberg is coming on board to star in and produce the Boston Marathon bombing movie Patriots' Day, which CBS Films is putting on the fast track. This new project essentially creates a race with 20th Century Fox's Boston Strong, which has another Boston native, Casey Affleck, attached to star in and produce. We'll have to wait and see which of these movies gets to the starting line first, although Deadline mentions that both movies may be able to start production this year.
Patriots' Day is based on a firsthand account of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing by Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis (Mark Wahlberg), with the help of research and footage shot on the scene by 60 Minutes. This will mark the first time that CBS Films has collaborated on a movie with 60 Minutes. The hope is to find a director in the very near future and lock down a production schedule, since Mark Wahlberg doesn't have his next movie set at this time. Matt Charman, who wrote the upcoming Bridge of Spies starring Tom Hanks, is close to finishing his screenplay for Patriots' Day.
Mark Wahlberg will also produce alongside Scott Stuber, Stephen Levinson, Dylan Clark and Michael Radutzky. The story is being envisioned as an "intense thriller" that spans the five-day manhunt for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, that ended with a shootout in Watertown where he was eventually pulled from a boat. The bomb killed three people and injured 264, while the shootout claimed the life of one police officer and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's brother Tamerlan, with several more injured. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is currently on trial for the bombing.