In a decision that will likely incite a flurry of controversy, FOX has opted to develop an event series about the Boston Marathon bombing, as Deadline reports.
Rod Lurie will write and direct the project, which will be based on the bestseller Long Mile Home. The book, written by Pulitzer-winning Boston Globe journalists Scott Helman and Jenna Russell, profiles "Boston under attack, the city's courageous recovery, and the epic hunt for justice," through the stories of five people involved.
It's been over a year since the tragedy unfolded on April 15, 2013, in which two bombs — allegedly planted by suspects Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev — exploded within moments of each other near the marathon finish line, killing 3 spectators and injuring an estimated 264 more people at the scene.
Four days later, Tamerlan was killed during a firefight with authorities in Watertown, MA, while Dzhokhar was apprehended later that night. He's currently awaiting trial, having pleaded not guilty to 30 charges.
Rod — a writer and director known for political thrillers like Nothing but the Truth and The Contender on the big screen and for shows like Commander in Chief — is already working on his script. And he vows not to dramatize the events. "In this case," he tells Deadline. "the accurate story is a phenomenal story."
"It's hard to imagine a story in which an entire community caught a couple of criminals like Boston did," he adds.
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