Peter Berg is in final negotiations to direct CBS Films’ Boston Marathon bombing thriller “Patriots’ Day.”
Scott Stuber will produce with Dylan Clark through their Bluegrass Films banner alongside Mark Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson and Michael Radutzky. CBS Films is producing and will market the film, it will be distributed as part of our partnership with Lionsgate.
“Patriots’ Day” is based on the account of Boston Police commissioner Ed Davis. Wahlberg is circling the role of Davis but no deal is yet in place as the actor may have prior scheduling commitments.
Matt Charman (“Bridge of Spies”) is writing the screenplay and Nicholas Nesbitt will exec produce.
The film is 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 and the movie will utilize other details surrounding the events of the April 15, 2013 attack based on the “60 Minutes” story in which Davis appeared.
Over the course of his career, Berg has been drawn to real-life stories centered around relatable heroes, including “Lone Survivor,” “Friday Night Lights” and the upcoming “Deepwater Horizon” and “Patriots’ Day” looks set to continue that trend.
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“Patriots’ Day” marks the third Boston Marathon bombing film currently in development, with Lionsgate producing “Stronger” with Jake Gyllenhaal eyeing the lead and another in the works at Fox. With Berg’s deal closing, CBS Films could jump to the head of the pack.
Berg is repped by WME. He currently serves as exec producer on the HBO’s “Ballers” with Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson.