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The bombing attack of the Boston Marathon in 2013 was, obviously, a hugely dramatic event, one that took three lives, altered countless others forever, and caught the attention of the entire world. It caught the attention of Hollywood, too, as there are now three movies about the atrocity in the works, though the latest may have an advantage over the other two. It just hired director David Gordon Green to take the helm, a position the other two have currently been unable to fill.
According to The Hollywood Repooter, Gordon Green has signed on to direct Stronger, which is scheduled to be Lionsgate’s take on the subject matter. This film is based on the book of the same name by Jeff Bauman, a survivor of the attach, which chronicles his saga and was co-written with Bret Witter.
On that fateful day, Bauman was at the finish line, waiting for his girlfriend to come across, when the two pressure cooker bombs went off. Three people died and more than 260 suffered injuries, including Bauman, who lost both of his legs in the blast. Stronger follows his efforts to rehab and recover from his wounds, as well as his role as a key witness in the ensuing trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the bomber who was recently sentenced to death. Playwright John Pollono teamed up with 8 Mile and The Fighter writer Scott Silver to adapt the book into a screenplay.
Stronger is one of three Boston Marathon Bombing movies currently in various stages of development. Daniel Espinosa (Safe House) was set to helm Boston Strong with Casey Affleck, though he later dropped out. In the meantime, Bean Town native Mark Wahlberg is working on another, Patriot’s Day for CBS Films. Neither of those films, however, has a director in place, which could mean that Stronger will ultimately get to theaters first, which, for movies with similar subjects that open close to one another, usually means greater success at the box office.
This is another in a long line of unexpected choices for David Gordon Green. If nothing else, he likes to keep you guessing. After catching people’s attention with indie dramas like Undertow and George Washington, he helmed a couple of big stoner comedies in Pineapple Express and Your Highness, and more quirky small films like Prince Avalanche and Joe. He recently won acclaim with the Al Pacino-starring Manglehorn, and his next, Our Brand is Crisis, could very well end up an awards contender. With Stronger it looks like he’s about to add yet another wrinkle, and potential prestige picture, to his already interesting, and still rather young career.