by: S. Scott Stanikmas
There are a few films based on the horrific 2013 Boston Marathon bombing currently in the works. CBS Films has Patriot’s Day with Mark Wahlberg attached while FOX has the aptly titled Boston Strong in the works. But it’s Lionsgate’s Stronger which made headway today, by signing director David Gordon Green to sit behind the camera.
Stronger focuses on the story of Jeff Bauman, a man who was waiting at the finish line for his girlfriend to finish the race. The pressure cooker bombs went off, injuring more than 250 people and killing three people on-site. Bauman was one of the injured, losing both legs in the aftermath.
Bauman co-wrote a book, titled Stronger, that tells about his being a key witness against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his later attempts at rehab. Bret Witter was the other half of the writing team.
Adapting the book for the big screen is John Pollono. This will be Pollono’s first big screen feature.
Green definitely has a diverse portfolio and is looking to expand even further. He started with the coming-of-age film George Washington before turning to stoner comedies like Pineapple Express and Your Highness and The Sitter. He recently helmed the indie gem Manglehorn and wrapped production on the political drama / comedy Our Brand Is Crisis.