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LOS ANGELES – March 31, 2015 – CBS Films announced today that Scott Stuber, Mark Wahlberg, Dylan Clark, Stephen Levinson and Michael Radutzky will produce PATRIOTS’ DAY, a theatrical motion picture chronicling the events surrounding the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing, based on the first-hand account of Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis. Matt Charman (writer of the upcoming Tom Hanks/Steven Spielberg thriller “Bridge of Spies,” formerly known as “St. James Place”) is writing the screenplay and Nicholas Nesbitt will executive produce.
Commissioner Davis played an integral role in working with the FBI, Watertown Police Department, Boston Police Department, Massachusetts State Police and local first responders to track, identify and apprehend the suspected bombers. Their tactics included the use of sophisticated identity technology and giving the historic order to put the city of Boston under lockdown as they rushed to apprehend the suspects. The story is envisioned as an intense thriller, spanning the five-day search up to the infamous siege where Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was pulled from a boat in Watertown.
This marks the first project from CBS Films with 60 MINUTES Senior Producer Michael Radutzky, who leads the broadcast’s creative development unit, 60 Minutes Productions. “There is nothing more compelling than a real story populated by real heroes,” commented CBS Films President Terry Press. “The team that we have assembled for this project is determined to give audiences a very personal look at what occurred during the days when the eyes of the world were on the city of Boston and how a group of contemporary patriots faced this crisis.” CBS Films has secured Ed Davis’ life rights as well as all of the information in connection with the 60 MINUTES story he appeared in.
Davis has had a long and distinguished career in law enforcement. Originally serving the Lowell Police Department beginning in 1978, he worked his way up through the ranks from beat cop to the Captain of Narcotics and Organized Crime Unit in 1992. He was named Superintendent of Police, a high-ranking office in the Lowell Police Department, in 1994. He was appointed the Police Commissioner of the Boston Police Department in 2006, serving seven years before announcing his retirement in 2013. Currently, he serves as the security analyst on WBZ News Boston and has served as a visiting fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
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