No details were given about who Casey Affleck may be playing, but the story, based on the book of the same name by Casey Sherman and Boston Herald reporter David Wedge, centers on the aftermath of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, and the nationwide manhunt to capture the two men believed to be responsible for the deadly attack. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was apprehended four days after the bombing. The project will also examine how the city of Boston responded to the tragedy.
Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy (The Fighter) are writing the script after picking up the book's rights last July. The writers were unsure of whether or not to adapt the book into a feature or a TV mini-series at first. Entertainment One came on board to develop the project as a mini-series in April, but those plans fell apart this summer.
This project is not to be confused with Lionsgate's Stronger, which was acquired in July and centers on Jeff Bauman, who was one of the 260 people injured in the bombing that also killed three people. Jeff Bauman lost both of his legs in the attack, but his description of the bomber spawned the nationwide manhunt. John Pollono is writing the script for Stronger.