Former Boston police commissioner Ed Davis has confirmed his involvement with a Mark Wahlberg-produced movie about the Boston Marathon bombings, but he said he doesn’t know whether the actor will play him in the project.
Davis told us Wednesday that CBS Films purchased his life rights for the movie, which is being called “Patriots’ Day,” and that he’s been working with film producer and “60 Minutes” veteran Michael Radutzky on the details.
“There had been several offers like this — for movies and books. I turned them down. In this particular case though, the ‘60 minutes’ group had been very helpful,” Davis said, adding, “They basically said to me they were going to make the movie anyway. Because I’m a public person, I didn’t have the right to stop them. I could either work with them or not. I talked to them at length and I thought it would be better to have some input — to make sure that the depiction was done properly.”
Davis didn’t disclose the value of his life rights, but said he has already arranged to give some of the money to victims of the bombings.
Trade publications reported Tuesday night that Wahlberg is interested in playing Davis in the film, but Davis said he doesn’t know anything about casting. “It’s hard to get my mind around who would play me in a movie.” He also said he’s never met Wahlberg, but that he does have a great relationship with Mark’s brother Donnie, who featured the Boston Police Department in the TNT show “Boston’s Finest.” “I have an enormous amount of respect for the Wahlberg family.”
Davis resigned as commissioner in September 2013.