Lionsgate Developing Boston Marathon Bombing Story 'Stronger'
Just one year after the Boston Marathon was brutally interrupted by a fatal bombing, Variety reports Lionsgate is planning a drama focusing on survivor Jeff Bauman, who lost both legs in the attack (a picture of his injuries made the rounds on social media). The film will be called Stronger, and is based on a book written by Bauman himself and Bret Witter, which details the aftermath of the horrible 2013 attack that saw several explosions happen at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Bauman wasn't in the race himself, but was cheering for his girlfriend, and ended up being one of the 260 people injured that day.
Bauman became a big part of the investigation the next day after he awoke following several surgeries. He couldn't speak, but he wrote down on a piece of paper, "Saw the guy. Looked right at me." The book chronicles these events and also the difficult time Bauman had trying to walk again, and how the injuries changed his outlook on life. Bauman says, "I saw the bomber. He took my legs, but he didn’t break me. He only made me stronger.” The book will be adapted by playwright John Pollono, making his screenwriting debut, but no director is attached to the film yet. But Mandeville Films is producing along with Scott Silver, writer of The Fighter, so they should find someone great to direct.