Boston Suburb Deals Setback to Marathon Bombing Movie


Mark Wahlberg is to star in “Patriot’s Day,” directed by Peter Berg.

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The makers of a movie about the Boston Marathon bombing have scrapped plans to film the traumatic shootout scenes on location in Watertown, Mass., because the town has decided not to cooperate.

The movie, “Patriot’s Day” from CBS Films, stars Mark Wahlberg and J.K. Simmons and is being directed by Peter Berg. The filmmakers had sent residents a flier and gone door to door seeking permission for the recreation, which would include simulated gunfire until midnight for several nights. Some residents told news organizations that they had no problem with the filming, but others were not interested.

“Upon further reflection, filming the recreation of the Watertown shootout when police encountered the Boston Marathon bombers at the intersection of Dexter Avenue and Laurel Street is not in the best interest of Watertown,” Michael Driscoll, the town manager, said in a statement Friday. “Therefore, CBS Films will proceed with identifying another location to film the shootout outside of the Town of Watertown.”

The film company said that 88 percent of the residents of Laurel Street, the site of the shootout, had favored filming there, but the town decided that the concerns outweighed any benefits.

Now, the company is scouting other locations in the Boston area for the shootout scenes, a spokeswoman for the company said.

The production is still seeking permission to film at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, where Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was a student when he and his brother bombed the Boston Marathon in 2013.

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