Mark Wahlberg, along with Scott Stuber, Dylan Clark, Stephen Levinson and Michael Radutzky, have announced they will produce a new movie for CBS Films about the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing. The working title is “Patriots’ Day,” after the U.S. holiday the Boston Marathon is scheduled on.
The announcement comes as the trial is underway for the surviving Boston Marathon Bombing suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Jury deliberations are set to begin Monday, April 6. “Patriots’ Day” is the second Boston Marathon Bombing movie in the works after Daniel Espinosa’s “Boston Strong.”
Matt Charman (“Bridge of Spies”) is working on a screenplay chronicling the story of Boston Police commissioner Ed Davis as he handled the bombings and the subsequent city-wide manhunt to catch the suspected culprits. Davis worked with the FBI, Watertown Police Department, Boston Police Department, Massachusetts State Police and local first responders on the investigation, including imposing an area shutdown near Watertown, Massachusetts, where Dzhokhar fled after a gunfight with police killed his brother, Tamerlan. No director or cast have been announced, but it is possible producer Mark Wahlberg will step into an on-screen role, Variety is reporting.
Wahlberg isn't new to the producing game. He served as a producer on successful TV projects such as "Entourage" and "Boardwalk Empire."
Wahlberg, a native Bostonian, previously portrayed characters from Boston in movies "The Departed,” “The Fighter” and “Ted.” His breakout roles in “Boogie Nights” and “Three Kings” have taken Wahlberg away from his Dorchester roots, but he has recently returned to film the sequel to Seth McFarlane’s “Ted 2.” Mark’s brother Paul Wahlberg is the chef-restauranteur of the popular Wahlburger restaurant in Hingham, Massachusetts.
Patriots’ Day is a recognized holiday in the state of Massachusetts celebrated on the third Monday in April to commemorate Battles of Lexington and Concord of the American Revolution. The Boston Marathon has taken place on Patriots’ Day since it began in 1897.