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Mark Wahlberg Circles Boston Marathon Attack Drama 'Patriots' Day'

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April 1, 2015
Source: Deadline

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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.

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  • TheOct8pus
    Based on the picture above, I was hoping Mark Walberg was going to be in a Police Academy reboot....he'd make a good Mahoney
  • Rock n Rollllll
    Jesus! Give the families a chance to heal! Theres already a huge backstory to this?! This will benefit no one.
    • Bo
      Only the wallets of those involved. With a title like 'Patriot's' Day I'm suspect of it being a rah rah rah America the great flag waving affair meant to appeal to that element of American culture and thusly make a lot of money. Instead of a hard-hitting expose of the horror of this affair and the damage done to innocent people and their families and the hunt for the bombers and wtf would propel someone to commit such an act? We'll see.
    • Get some of that terror dollars! Ah terror evrawhereeressszz, terrorists in ma cupboards. Hiding in ma atticz. I bet as soon as it happened the rights were already purchased.
  • DaveLister_JMC
    Does Wahlberg plan on gaining 200 lbs. for the role of Ed Davis? Because the former commissioner of the Boston Police Department is not a svelte man.
  • DAVIDPD
    Too soon. Feels like a money grab.
  • Why?
    I know one Vietnamese guy, with one eye, who won't be seeing this film.

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