One of our least pretentious filmmakers, David Gordon Green makes the movies he wants to make. Thanks to the cushion provided by big-budget forays like the “Pineapple Express” (2008) and “The Sitter” (2008), Green actually gets away with it.
Now he has signed on to direct Lionsgate’s “Stronger,” one of several Boston Marathon Bombing projects in the works from multiple studios. This one focuses on Jeff Bauman, a survivor who was adjacent to one of the two pressure cooker bombs when he lost both his legs. Bauman was crucial in helping the FBI identify the suspects, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Other Boston projects in the works include CBS Films’ “Patriot’s Day” with Mark Wahlberg, and Fox’s “Boston Strong.”
With cowriter Brett Whitter, Bauman chronicled the events in a book also titled “Stronger.” John Pollono and Scott Silver wrote the script for the film. Producers are David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman of Mandeville Films/TV with Scott Silver, who together received Oscar nominations for David O. Russell’s “The Fighter” at Paramount. (THR originally reported this news.)
David Gordon Green, who recently wrapped Warner Bros. political film “Our Brand Is Crisis” with Sandra Bullock in New Orleans, has met box office success when he stretches his legs in between indies such as “George Washington,” “Prince Avalanche” and more recently “Joe” with Nicolas Cage and “Manglehorn” with Al Pacino, which was a critical mixed bag.