When I saw this story yesterday, I thought it could be an April Fool’s joke because it sounded like a Mark Wahlberg cliché. The very idea of Mark Wahlberg producing a movie (starring Mark Wahlberg) about the 2013 Boston marathon seemed like a completely obnoxious thing that Mark Wahlberg would do. But this story is legit.
Mark will make a movie about the bombing and the aftermath. He will indeed produce and probably star as Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis. Never mind that the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is still ongoing. Does that matter? Mark is from Boston, so I guess he feels like he’s the right dude to make this movie. I think the movie shouldn’t be made at all, at least not so soon.
Mark is notorious for his delusions of grandeur. Remember how he said he would have defeated the 9/11 terrorists? His ego has taken over another tragedy:
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. Three lost their lives at the Marathon blast site, 264 were injured, and a police officer was killed and several injured in the shootout that ended in the death of Tsarnaev’s older brother, Tamerlan. The younger mass murderer is currently on trial. Victims were eulogized in a touching ceremony at Fenway Park, something that most certainly will be part of each of those feature films, including an unforgettable exhortation of defiance by Red Sox slugger David Ortiz.
“There is nothing more compelling than a real story populated by real heroes,” said 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.”
Deadline says that footage from this year’s Boston marathon (later this month) will be used in the film. This is a bad idea, and it feels like Mark is capitalizing on this tragedy and using it for his own ends. He probably thinks he’s doing something noble, sort of like when he thought a pardon for his crimes would inspire street youth. This movie will be another notch in his self-serving maneuver belt. Classic Marky Mark.
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