EXCLUSIVE: After co-writing with Ben Affleck The Town (with Peter Craig) and Gone Baby Gone, Aaron Stockard has signed to script Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution, the Nathaniel Philbrick book that Warner Bros acquired in 2013 as a potential directing vehicle for Affleck. Pearl Street’s Affleck and Matt Damon are producing with Jennifer Todd, and there’s no solid commitment beyond that at this point.
Stockard has been Pearl Street’s go-to guy on Boston-centric films, and that includes Whitey, the pic he scripted on Boston crime kingpin Whitey Bulger that Affleck once hoped to direct with Damon playing the title role. Bunker Hill is perhaps the most important Boston historical tale of them all. Bunker Hill is hailed as the battle that lit the fuse for the American Revolution in 1775. The unease between Bostonians and British troops turned violent after the Boston Tea Party, when sieges erupted in Lexington and Concord and a British blockade led to outright war in the Battle of Bunker Hill. That bloody clash united the colonies and started the war for independence.
The story is told from a group of participants including a 33-year-old physician named Joseph Warren who becomes a leader of the Patriot cause, Paul Revere, George Washington, British Gen. Thomas Gage and others.
Philbrick is the author of Mayflower and the National Book Award-winning In The Heart Of The Sea. WME and 3 Arts rep Stockard.