"The Fighter" co-writers Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy are ready to explore some of that Olde Towne strength once again, this time giving cinematic nod to the city's reaction to the devastating Boston Marathon Bombing on April 15.
According to Deadline, the pair purchased the rights to an as-yet-unreleased book on the events of that day and the following four-day dramatic manhunt which led to arrest of surviving suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev on April 19.
The book, titled "Boston Strong" and expected to hit shelves next year, is still currently being penned by Casey Sherman (the pair previously adapted another of his non-fiction titles, "The Finest Hours," which is being readied for production) and Boston Herald journalist Dave Wedge publication by University Press of New England.
Johnson and Tamasy share an Oscar nom with Scott Silver for their work on "The Fighter," a drama based on real-life Lowell, Mass. boxing brothers Micky Ward and Dicky Eklund. The film, Johnson's first, earned castmates Christian Bale and Melissa Leo each Best Supporting Actor wins at the 2011 Academy Awards.
Their movie-making moxie in adapting that loosely biographical story, they once explained, was "if nobody cried tears of joy at the end, we've failed." With "Boston Strong," there's little chance of that being an issue, we feel.