No director or actor is attached yet, but a source indicated that Wahlberg is considering coming on board for one of the roles. “Patriots’ Day” is based on the account of Boston Police commissioner Ed Davis. Matt Charman (“Bridge of Spies”) is writing the screenplay and Nicholas Nesbitt will executive produce.
Davis worked with the FBI, Watertown Police Department, Boston Police Department, Massachusetts State Police and local first responders to track, identify and apprehend the suspected bombers.
The announcement came Tuesday as the defense rested its case in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is accused of the April 15, 2013, attack. Juror deliberations will begin Monday after closing arguments.
It’s the first collaboration between “60 Minutes” and CBS Films. Radutzky is a “60 Minutes” senior producer who leads the broadcast’s creative development unit, 60 Minutes Productions.
CBS Films has secured Davis’ life rights as well as the information in connection with the “60 Minutes” story in which he appeared.
“Patriots Day” is the second Boston Marathon bombing movie project that’s in development. Variety reported in November that Fox had acquired rights to the spec script “Boston Strong” with Daniel Espinosa directing.
Davis was appointed the police commissioner of the Boston Police Department in 2006, serving seven years before announcing his retirement in 2013. He serves as the security analyst on WBZ News Boston.
Wahlberg is a Boston native. He portrayed Bostonians in “The Departed,” “The Fighter” and “Ted.”
The news was first reported by Deadline.