Mark Wahlberg Circles Boston Marathon Attack Drama 'Patriots' Day'
It's time for another Hollywood race to the finish line as two studios are developing two different projects focusing on the Boston Marathon bombing and the manhunt that followed to find the perpetrators responsible. One we've already heard at 20th Century Fox about called Boston Strong with Safe House director Daniel Espinosa at the helm (though once attached star Casey Affleck is no longer involved). And now Deadline reports Boston native Mark Wahlberg is looking to star in Patriots' Day situated at CBS Films, which would focus on the tragic event through the eyes of Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis.
The film will be pieced together with research done by "60 Minutes" from this segment:
Oddly enough, this would be the first time CBS Films worked with the CBS-owned news program "60 Minutes," and I'm surprised it hasn't happened before. The script for Patriots' Day comes from Matt Charman, fresh off writing Bridge of Spies for Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks. Wahlberg would take that lead role of Davis, who led the manhunt to find the men responsible for the bombing, as he works through a five-day search up to the infamous siege where suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was pulled from a boat in Watertown. The project is just getting started, but CBS Films wants to fasttrack it into production, so they're on the hunt for an A-list filmmaker to get behind the camera. Stay tuned for more.