EXCLUSIVE: Screenwriters Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy have picked up feature rights to Boston Strong, I’ve learned. The forthcoming book by Casey Sherman and Boston Herald reporter Dave Wedge examines the city’s reaction to the fatal April 15 Patriots’ Day attacks at the Boston Marathon finsh line and the hunt for the siblings suspecting of carrying out the bombings. Surviving brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured on April 19 after a massive manhunt, much of which played out on TV. The book is being written and is scheduled to be published next year by University Press of New England. Michael Prevett of the Gotham Group, Adam Levine of Verve Talent and John Ivey of Altus Marketing & Management negotiated the Boston Strong deal between the respective writers.
Johnson, Tamasy and producer Dorothy Aufiero have developed a professional relationship with Sherman in recent years. This is the second book of his that the Oscar-nominated The Fighter writers and Aufiero have worked on; the writing duo penned the screenplay for Sherman and Michael J. Tougias’ 2009 book The Finest Hours. Disney picked up the story, about a 1952 Coast Guard oil tanker rescue, in 2011, and Robert Schwentke will direct with Jim Whitaker and Aufiero producing.
Johnson and Tamasy are repped by Verve Talent & Literary Agency.