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The Fighter scribes to adapt Boston Marathon Bombing book Boston Strong

07.08.2013

Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy, the Oscar-nominated screenwriters behind David O. Russell's THE FIGHTER, have just optioned the book "Boston Strong" by Casey Sherman and Boston Herald reporter Dave Wedge with an eye towards adapting it for the big screen. The book "examines the city’s reaction to the fatal April 15 Patriots’ Day attacks at the Boston Marathon finsh line and the hunt for the siblings suspecting of carrying out the bombings." The book is currently being written and will be released next year by University Press.

The horrific event was captured almost moment-by-moment by the news media, with many of the aftereffects of the bombing, including the capture of the two suspects, playing out much like a Hollywood thriller, including car chases, shoot outs, and a lot of cat and mouse in a manhunt that sprawled across the city. I'm sure many will feel this is a case of "too soon," and they may be right, but it's hard to say just what the timetable is for adapting such events. However, I don't think history should ignore such tragedies by keeping them out of the spotlight. There have been many historical films to respectfully and truthfully depict tragic or trying events, such as SCHINDLER'S LIST, UNITED 93, BLACKHAWK DOWN, APOLLO 13, etc.

Aside from THE FIGHTER, Johnson and Tamasy also penned the screenplay for Sherman and Michael J. Tougias’ 2009 book THE FINEST HOURS, about a 1952 Coast Guard oil tanker rescue in 2011, which currently has Robert Schwentke (R.I.P.D.) set to direct.

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Extra Tidbit: What do you think is the proper time lapse for adapting a tragic event?
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4:26PM on 07/10/2013
I'm not against there being a movie about this. And there's certainly no shortage of material to help tell it. It's absolutely too soon though. I wouldn't necessarily put a number on when the right time is (some people would always say it's too soon), but I'd give it at least a year, or enough time for the courts to decide the fate of Dzhokhar Tzarnaev. Granted, I also know it could be a lengthy trip from script to screen.

The reason I wouldn't be against a movie is, as stated in the
I'm not against there being a movie about this. And there's certainly no shortage of material to help tell it. It's absolutely too soon though. I wouldn't necessarily put a number on when the right time is (some people would always say it's too soon), but I'd give it at least a year, or enough time for the courts to decide the fate of Dzhokhar Tzarnaev. Granted, I also know it could be a lengthy trip from script to screen.

The reason I wouldn't be against a movie is, as stated in the article, and unlike many true stories, this had all the real-life twists one would expect from a Ben Affleck-directed thriller.
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11:49AM on 07/09/2013

I don't know which disturbs me more...

The fact that someone has already managed to write a book about the Boston attack, or that someone actually thought it was soon enough to make a film about it. I love Boston. The feeling of selflessness and brotherhood they displayed after the attack was nothing short of moving. I'm sure a film showing the citizens actions after the attacks would be an uplifting and touching movie... But this isn't the time for it. For some, it's still too soon for movies that are based around the World
The fact that someone has already managed to write a book about the Boston attack, or that someone actually thought it was soon enough to make a film about it. I love Boston. The feeling of selflessness and brotherhood they displayed after the attack was nothing short of moving. I'm sure a film showing the citizens actions after the attacks would be an uplifting and touching movie... But this isn't the time for it. For some, it's still too soon for movies that are based around the World Trade Center attacks, and that was over a decade ago... A movie moving ahead after only a few months... I'm hoping like hell the studio is going to use the proceeds to help Boston, because otherwise, I'm boycotting the sh*t out of this.
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9:16AM on 07/09/2013
This is horrible news! I'm not sure what the proper time lapse for green lighting a production about a real life event is. But I'm pretty sure it's not 4 months later. JimThePariah said it perfectly, not everything needs to be made into a movie for the silver screen. Just because it's not made into a movie doesn't mean the world will forget what happened that day. Some stories are for the history books to tell, not Hollywood. And aside from whether it's right or wrong to make this into a
This is horrible news! I'm not sure what the proper time lapse for green lighting a production about a real life event is. But I'm pretty sure it's not 4 months later. JimThePariah said it perfectly, not everything needs to be made into a movie for the silver screen. Just because it's not made into a movie doesn't mean the world will forget what happened that day. Some stories are for the history books to tell, not Hollywood. And aside from whether it's right or wrong to make this into a movie less than a year since the bombing, there's a reason why movies like Schindler's List and Apollo 13 get turned into movies decades after the events, it's so people can be sure they have all of their facts correct before making it into a movie! This is just a horribly bad idea.
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6:56AM on 07/09/2013

Go fuck yourself!!

That's what those writers should've said to whoever asked them to adapt the book. How about.....this movie should not be made at all IMO. I felt the same way with Zero Dark Thirty and World Trade Center. Not everything needs to be seen on the silver screen. You want to make the movie and show it for free to show solidarity and support for that area? Ok that's fine. So you're going to shoot the film in that area and what?! You're going to recreate the bombing in the same area for it to be
That's what those writers should've said to whoever asked them to adapt the book. How about.....this movie should not be made at all IMO. I felt the same way with Zero Dark Thirty and World Trade Center. Not everything needs to be seen on the silver screen. You want to make the movie and show it for free to show solidarity and support for that area? Ok that's fine. So you're going to shoot the film in that area and what?! You're going to recreate the bombing in the same area for it to be authentic. Wow you guys got some balls on you. How about you make the movie and te people that want to be in it, they get paid nothing and everything the movie makes you donate to the families and charity, but even than you look like fucking assholes because you are giving them money made off the injuries of their lives ones. Pieces of shit!
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12:04PM on 07/09/2013
I agree 100%! Well said Jim. It tells you a lot when studios reactions to every event are to scramble to acquire the rights to a tragedy. Disney had the name "Seal Team 6" copy-written in less than 24 hours of the announcement that we got Bin Laden. Now, they're moving forward with this. It was the biggest terrorist attack on American soil since 9/11 and it's been less than 3 months! Some people haven't even recovered from their injuries, and the studio is ready to exploit them. Most of
I agree 100%! Well said Jim. It tells you a lot when studios reactions to every event are to scramble to acquire the rights to a tragedy. Disney had the name "Seal Team 6" copy-written in less than 24 hours of the announcement that we got Bin Laden. Now, they're moving forward with this. It was the biggest terrorist attack on American soil since 9/11 and it's been less than 3 months! Some people haven't even recovered from their injuries, and the studio is ready to exploit them. Most of them still are trying to figure out how they can afford prosthetics, or pay their medical bills while the studio's going to get rich off of them... I don't know what studio would have the audacity to make this movie, but unless they give a massive percentage to the victims, they can kiss my money goodbye... And I'm not just talking about boycotting this film. I will not pay to see a single one of their films until they develop some sense of human decency.
1:47PM on 07/09/2013
I THINK YOU SAID IT BEST!! Didn't know Disney copy-written Seal Team 6 that fast, that's absolutely disgusting. That so fucking filthy. This is how this story is making me feel, absolutely filthy. Whichever studio is going to bankroll this project I will go out of my way to not only boycott, but to use my own money to expose this. Because I think this is something we can all agree is not right. And whoever gave the fucking 'ok' in the room when they were kicking ideas around should have his
I THINK YOU SAID IT BEST!! Didn't know Disney copy-written Seal Team 6 that fast, that's absolutely disgusting. That so fucking filthy. This is how this story is making me feel, absolutely filthy. Whichever studio is going to bankroll this project I will go out of my way to not only boycott, but to use my own money to expose this. Because I think this is something we can all agree is not right. And whoever gave the fucking 'ok' in the room when they were kicking ideas around should have his fucking head examined. And I'm going to say this to everyone. When they try to find a place to film this, and shame on them if they even consider Boston. Call your local congressman or senator or film office and tell them your not cool with this, that you can't allow a business to profit off the backs of other people's misfortune. And to others that are reading this from other countries, please don't judge the majority of us because fucking idiots want to exploit innocent people. I'm proud to be an American and I can't even fathom to be a New Yorker or Bostonian after the events in their areas. And the massive percentage should be 100% of the gross should go to those that were directly affected. If that was my 8 year old son that died during the bombing I would sue immediately, the Richard's family will never see their boy grow up and these fuckers are standing over Martin Richards grave pissing on it.
5:05AM on 07/09/2013
Will Jessica Chastain single-handedly bring the perpetrators to justice?
Will Jessica Chastain single-handedly bring the perpetrators to justice?
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2:02AM on 07/09/2013
Well I thought United 93 was a much better 9/11 film than Oliver Stone's extremely exploitive & over sappy World Trade Center. I have never been a fan of these kinda movies anyway & yes it is WAY TOO SOON, for this type of movie Not to mention the way the media handled it with the non stop coverage, how would a movie adaptation do it justice?
Well I thought United 93 was a much better 9/11 film than Oliver Stone's extremely exploitive & over sappy World Trade Center. I have never been a fan of these kinda movies anyway & yes it is WAY TOO SOON, for this type of movie Not to mention the way the media handled it with the non stop coverage, how would a movie adaptation do it justice?
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11:55PM on 07/08/2013
This is, at best, condescending, tactless and disrespectful and, at worst, exploitation.
This is, at best, condescending, tactless and disrespectful and, at worst, exploitation.
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11:50PM on 07/08/2013

Proper time lapse? The next day.

John Waters would talk about making "The Diane Linklater story" and having it shown in a beatnik coffeehouse before she was buried. It's an interesting social experiment, and it'd be an interesting challenge for amateur filmmakers to read something in the paper and make a movie of it that day - then have it shown that night.

Please note I only said interesting. It's certainly tasteless.
But God Bless them. It's America, make whatever fucked up shit you want.
John Waters would talk about making "The Diane Linklater story" and having it shown in a beatnik coffeehouse before she was buried. It's an interesting social experiment, and it'd be an interesting challenge for amateur filmmakers to read something in the paper and make a movie of it that day - then have it shown that night.

Please note I only said interesting. It's certainly tasteless.
But God Bless them. It's America, make whatever fucked up shit you want.
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11:07PM on 07/08/2013

Ugh. Tasteless.

While I actually don't disagree with the idea of making a book or a film about this tragic moment at some point in time, there's no way this announcement... or even the book's release a year from now... are within the safety boundaries of "not too soon."

Schindler's List was made in 1994, wasn't it? And that was about the holocaust that happened over 40 years ago from the time the movie was made. Apollo 13? Same thing. Happened decades after the actual event. Not sure about Black Hawk
While I actually don't disagree with the idea of making a book or a film about this tragic moment at some point in time, there's no way this announcement... or even the book's release a year from now... are within the safety boundaries of "not too soon."

Schindler's List was made in 1994, wasn't it? And that was about the holocaust that happened over 40 years ago from the time the movie was made. Apollo 13? Same thing. Happened decades after the actual event. Not sure about Black Hawk Down, but it seems half your list is already debunked by the simple fact that the tragedies the movies are about are coming out way after the fact. Same with Titanic! Saving Private Ryan!

United 93... that is the strange one that I'm torn about. It is actually a beautiful film that was tastefully done, and I think it was made at a time when we needed to remember our human spirit and how we band together to battle ultimate evil. Stealing some words from Patton Oswalt about this Bombing, "The good will always outnumber you." I don't think United 93 was meant to cash-in on 9/11. It was meant as an inspirational film about the people who lost their lives in the flight in question, but to save the lives of many more.

The Boston Bombing happened only a few months ago. Literally 3 months ago. I mean what the hell?

I think the safest thing to do is just make a documentary and still make the book, but make them free and viewable online or something... so there is no question that they're being made to educate and not to cash-in on a tragedy. It still doesn't make it completely okay, but it will help it along at least. If the book and movie are released for the standard price of the mediums in question, that's straight-up bullshit and whoever thought of this should be ostracized.
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10:56PM on 07/08/2013
This is getting sick. Something bad happens, let's exploit it. Hell, lets give the bad guys a bit of fame power from it too and maybe inspire other bad people to do the same cause hey, they may get a book or movie deal if they just kill a bunch of people.
This is sick. Some things need to be remembered with honour and dignity, not idolized in a book or movie. Strength is knowing when not to exploit tragedy.
This is getting sick. Something bad happens, let's exploit it. Hell, lets give the bad guys a bit of fame power from it too and maybe inspire other bad people to do the same cause hey, they may get a book or movie deal if they just kill a bunch of people.
This is sick. Some things need to be remembered with honour and dignity, not idolized in a book or movie. Strength is knowing when not to exploit tragedy.
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10:30PM on 07/08/2013
Will they show how the police engaged in unauthorized searches of private properties?
Will they show how the police engaged in unauthorized searches of private properties?
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11:02PM on 07/08/2013
I'm from near by the area. Pretty sure that didn't happen. I talked to quite a few people who said the cops came to there door, asked them questions, and simply left. No bullying. No coercing. Nothing.
I'm from near by the area. Pretty sure that didn't happen. I talked to quite a few people who said the cops came to there door, asked them questions, and simply left. No bullying. No coercing. Nothing.
12:42AM on 07/09/2013
From this Bostonian: Eat shit.
From this Bostonian: Eat shit.
4:18AM on 07/10/2013
People don't mind their rights taken away as long as the words "public good" or "terrorism" are used. 'Murica!
People don't mind their rights taken away as long as the words "public good" or "terrorism" are used. 'Murica!
9:52PM on 07/08/2013
No one is asking for this. Just don't do it.

Despite it being way too soon, we just don't need this film at all.
No one is asking for this. Just don't do it.

Despite it being way too soon, we just don't need this film at all.
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9:50PM on 07/08/2013
I haven't even returned the Boston Lager beer bottles I got that week.

Well, they did start production on an Oscar-worthy movie about the Bin Laden raid within weeks of it going down so who knows.
I haven't even returned the Boston Lager beer bottles I got that week.

Well, they did start production on an Oscar-worthy movie about the Bin Laden raid within weeks of it going down so who knows.
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11:05PM on 07/08/2013
They started a movie about the unsuccessful search for Bin Laden before the raid. They had to change the ending after the news broke.
They started a movie about the unsuccessful search for Bin Laden before the raid. They had to change the ending after the news broke.
11:08PM on 07/08/2013
Not only what cerealkiller said, but a movie about defeating what we deem as pure evil and an enemy to our homeland... that's completely different than making a dramatization of a tragedy where many people died and thousands more were endangered.
Not only what cerealkiller said, but a movie about defeating what we deem as pure evil and an enemy to our homeland... that's completely different than making a dramatization of a tragedy where many people died and thousands more were endangered.
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9:33PM on 07/08/2013
Amurica! The land where we exploit tragedy, to make a buck off of it!
Amurica! The land where we exploit tragedy, to make a buck off of it!
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9:27PM on 07/08/2013
No. No. A thousand times No. Do we really need this? No.
No. No. A thousand times No. Do we really need this? No.
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9:24PM on 07/08/2013

May I be the first to ask...

"Too Soon"?

Yes. Yes, it is.
"Too Soon"?

Yes. Yes, it is.
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