Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor's Story Getting Movie Treatment From Lionsgate
The story of Jeff Bauman, a survivor of the Boston Marathon bombings who lost both his legs in the attack, is being developed into a film by Lionsgate.
Mandeville Films is producing the project, which will adapt Stronger, a book by Bauman and Bret Whitter that hit shelves in April. The book chronicles Bauman's experience during the April 15, 2013 attack when he waiting for his girlfriend at the finish line of the annual marathon. Two pressure cooker bombs exploded, killing 3 people and injuring more than 260 others.
John Pollono, who wrote and co-starred in the Off-Broadway play Small Engine Repair, will pen the script as his first full-length feature.
Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman are producing along with Scott Silver, the writer behind The Fighter and 8 Mile. All three worked together on Oscar-nominated pic The Fighter. Peter McGuigan will executive produce.
Erik Feig, Gillian Bohrer and James Myers will oversee for Lionsgate.
Gersh repped the book and Bonnie Stylides negotiated the deal for Lionsgate.
Pollono and Silver are both repped by CAA while Pollono is also managed by Underground and Morris Yorn. Silver also is repped by Ziffren Brittenham.