The Oscar-nominated screenwriters behind the The Fighter have picked up the rights to an upcoming story about the Boston Marathon bombing.

Three people were killed and another 264 were injured when brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev allegedly planted two pressure cooker bombs near the finish line of the annual race in Massachusetts on 15 April (13).

They went on the run as authorities launched a massive manhunt for the suspects, who reportedly shot and killed a police officer after a confrontation on 18 April (13), and Dzhokhar was captured the next day (19Apr13) - hours after the siblings were engaged in a late night shoot-out with cops, which resulted in the death of 26-year-old Tamerlan.

The 19 year old has been held in custody ever since and was recently indicted by a federal grand jury on a total of 30 counts, including bombing a place of public use.

The tragedy captivated America, prompting true crime author Casey Sherman and local news reporter Dave Wedge to pen Boston Strong, about the city's reaction to the attack, and now Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy have snapped up the rights to the book, which is due to be released next year (14).

The filmmakers already have a working relationship with Sherman - they are currently adapting his book The Finest Hours for the big screen.