Casey Affleck Boston

Massachusetts native Casey Affleck has just signed on to chronicle one of the saddest moments in his state’s recent history. He’s set to star in and produce Boston Strong, about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

The Fighter scribes Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy wrote the script, based on the upcoming book by Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge. Get more details on the Casey Affleck Boston Marathon bombing movie after the jump.

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Briefly: The biggest story of the spring in the US was the bombing that took place on Patriot’s Day at the Boston Marathon, which led to a city-wide manhunt for two suspects who turned out to be brothers. That police effort culminated in a protracted stand-off and gun battle that saw one bomber killed (no thanks to his brother) and the other in custody, albeit in particularly bad shape.

The event dominated news in the US, and is the subject of a forthcoming book by Casey Sherman, and Dave Wedge of the Boston Herald. The book, Boston Strong,  examines both the reaction to the bombing in Boston and the manhunt that ensued only days later. Now Deadline says The Fighter screenwriters Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy have picked up the rights to the book, which won’t be published until next year.

(The two, with producer Dorothy Aufiero, are adapting another Casey Sherman book, The Finest Hours. Disney has that one, with Robert Schwentke attached to direct.)

We don’t know what direction the screen version of Boston Strong may take. While there were a few dominant personalities that emerged throughout the week, a primary characteristic of the manhunt was the way that Boston responded as one unified force, cooperating en masse to find the bombers. It’s not the easiest adaptation; we’ll update when details become available — likely in several months.

Will Smith Attached to ‘Joe’

For a guy who is often called the biggest movie star in the world, Will Smith has spent the last couple years in relative quiet. In 2008 he starred in Hancock and Seven Pounds, but he hasn’t shot a film since. He’s got part of Men in Black III in the can, but he seems more occupied with attaching himself to a long string of projects (The Legend of Cain, Hood, Flowers for Algernon, Suspicion, The City that Sailed, Colossus: The Forbin Project, and more) and producing films for his children Jaden and Willow.

Now he’s attached to one more film: Joe, written by The Fighter co-writers Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson, and based on the Biblical story of Job. Read More »