After news outlets reported Wednesday morning that a deal had been reached for The Fighter scribes Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy to adapt the forthcoming book Boston Strong, about the Boston Marathon tragedy, for the screen, there were immediate questions about the fast turnaround from a national tragedy to perceived “entertainment” in the form of a film.
Casey Sherman is a true-crime writer (his book The Finest Hours is also in development with Johnson, Tamasy, and producer Dorothy Aufiero) who is currently co-reporting and writing Boston Strong, one of three books in development about the bombing. Boston Strong, which will hit bookshelves next April, will take readers from April 15, 2013, the day of the bombing, to Patriots Day 2014, “which is going to be a completely emotional and inspirational day that is going to show the world that Boston and the United States can’t be defeated by either homegrown terrorists or terrorists from other countries,” Sherman explained on the phone with EW this afternoon.
Sherman understands the concerns many have expressed about how quickly it all seems to be coming together, but points out that even though a film deal is now in the beginning stages, it’ll still take years for the movie to hit the screen. “What I want to clarify to people that don’t understand is this [movie option] wasn’t a query that came in from some Hollywood executive in Los Angeles that had their interest piqued by national news. The lead producer on this project is Dorothy Aufiero, who produced The Fighter. Dorothy is a Watertown, Massachusetts, resident. Dorothy Aufiero was in lockdown with the rest of us while this was all happening. She’s as much part of the story as anybody. This was incredibly personal to the filmmakers, and incredibly personal to the writers.”
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