Well, (almost) three months have gone by since the Boston Marathon bombing and that’s apparently a respectable enough period of time for Hollywood to sit back before getting their fangs into this one. Right? Well, whether it is or isn’t, this was bound to happen sooner or later. So yes, a movie about the terrifying event is on the way because cinema seems to be where America likes to heal its wounds.
Deadline reports that the pens behind David O. Russell‘s “The Fighter” — Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson – have snapped up the rights to a yet-to-be-published book by Casey Sherman and Boston Herald reporter Dave Wedge about the bombing, and the subsequent manhunt for the Tsarnaev brothers responsible for the crime. This will be a reunion of creatives of sorts as Tamasy and Johnson have previously penned an adaptation of Sherman’s book “The Finest Hour,” a rescue story about two oil tankers that crashed in 1952, that has Robert Schwentke attached to direct.
Obviously, this stuff is inherently dramatic and it’s easy to see why anyone would want to make a movie about the Boston bombing, but as 9/11 proved, tragic real history doesn’t necessarily translate into great filmmaking (one could argue Spike Lee‘s “25th Hour” is the best post-9/11 movie and it’s not even directly about the event). So all we’ll say is proceed with caution guys. But hey, the eventual movie can’t be any worse than the actual reporting that went on around the event….