Boston Marathon Bombing Victim’s Story Set for Film Adaptation
On April 8, 2014, Jeff Bauman, a Boston Marathon bombing survivor, released his autobiography, “Stronger,” under Grand Central Publishing. Lionsgate has acquired the movie rights for the film adaptation of the book. Read further to learn more about this news story.
“Stronger” is an account of Bauman’s near-death experience during the tragic attack at the Boston Marathon last April 15, 2013. The 28-year-old was with his girlfriend at the annual event, and he was waiting for her at the finish line when the bomb exploded. He lost both his legs as a result. Bauman’s photo, which was taken just minutes after the attack, was one of the first images that went viral on the internet.
According to Variety, Lionsgate has set the development of “Stronger” into a movie, with John Pollono as its screenwriter. This will be Pollono’s first feature film credit, whose work includes writing “Small Engine Repair,” an off-Broadway play.
Todd Liberman, David Hoberman and Scott Silver of Mandeville Films will serve as the executive producers. The three have previously worked on a similarly themed film called “The Fighter,” a documentary drama that has earned an Oscar nomination.
“I saw the bomber. He took my legs, but he didn’t break me. He only made me stronger,” wrote Brauman in his book, as published in the same Variety report. “Stronger” was co-written by Bret Whitter, a best-selling author.
Since the attack, Bauman has fully recovered, sans legs, and has recently become a father to a beautiful baby girl.
At least 260 people were injured and three people died in the Boston Marathon attack, where two bombs exploded near the finish line where the runners crossed.
In connection to the bombing, the authorities apprehended Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his older brother, Tamerlan, four days later, with Tamerlan dying during the shootout. The younger Tsarnaev is awaiting trial at a Boston federal court.
And that’s the news about “Stronger,” a book written by Boston Marathon bombing survivor, Jeff Bauman, which will be turned into a movie from Lionsgate. Other details of the project are yet to be mapped out, but we will surely bring you the updates here on Movie News Guide (MNG).
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