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    A book on the ‘unanswered questions’ of the Boston Marathon bombings is set to become a TV series

    18namesharm - The cover of "Maximum Harm," by Michele McPhee. (Michele McPhee)
    Michele McPhee
    The cover of "Maximum Harm" by Michele McPhee.

    Six years after the Boston Marathon bombings, a book that examines what its author has described as “unanswered questions” about the Tsarnaev brothers is set to be turned into a documentary series.

    As Deadline first reported, Propagate Content/Electus will produce “Maximum Harm,” based on Emmy-nominated journalist Michele McPhee’s 2017 book of the same name.

    In “Maximum Harm,” McPhee suggests that Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev previously worked as a government informant, and examines “the many threads of circumstance, coincidence, collusion, motive, and opportunity that resulted in the deadliest attack on the city of Boston to date,” according to the book’s description.


    Attached to co-direct “Maximum Harm” are Charles Ferguson, whose 2010 film, “Inside Job,” won the Oscar for best documentary feature, and Shimon Dotan, whose film “Hot House” won the World Cinema Special Jury Prize, Documentary at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.

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    “Charles Ferguson and Shimon Dotan are some of the best in the business,” McPhee told in a phone interview. “I could not be more excited to work with people who are fearless. You need to be fearless when undertaking this subject matter, and both of them have track records of winning awards for telling truths that nobody wanted to hear.”


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