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Boston marathon bombing TV series planned

Boston marathon bombing in April 2013 Image copyright Reuters
Image caption The twin blasts killed three and injured more than 260 people in April 2013

US TV network Fox is developing a series about the 2013 Boston marathon bombing, according to reports.

The as-yet-untitled show will be based on the book Long Mile Home by Boston Globe reporters Scott Helman and Jenna Russell, Deadline said.

It follows the true stories of five people whose lives were changed forever in the tragedy and the week that followed.

The series will be written and directed by The Contender director Rod Lurie.

Visiting Boston ahead of this year's marathon, Lurie said it was "a big beautiful city... with a bounce-back population that takes care, not just of its own, but others as well".

The former film critic turned film-maker told Deadline he had already begun writing the script.

"It's hard to imagine a story in which an entire community caught a couple of criminals like Boston did. In this case, the accurate story is a phenomenal story," he said.

Bombing suspect Dzokhar Tsarnaev is due to stand trial in November for allegedly setting off two pressure cooker bombs with his older brother Tamerlan, who later died in a police shootout.

He has pleaded not guilty to 30 charges, including 17 that carry the death penalty.

The twin blasts killed three and injured more than 260 people in April 2013.

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