Steven Spielberg Interested in Osama Bin Laden Killing Story ‘No Easy Day’
It would appear Kathryn Bigelow‘s upcoming ‘Zero Dark Thirty‘ — the story of the elite Navy SEAL team that brought down terrorist Osama bin Laden — has a little competition in the form of ‘No Easy Day,’ the new project based on the memoir of the same name. And it’s drawn the almighty eyes of Steven Spielberg.
Hollywood is never content to just have one project based on the same story in development at any given time with multiple Snow White re-tellings, Frankenstein re-imaginings — you name it, and there’s probably more than one project kicking around. The latest “trend,” if you can call it that, is the Osama bin Laden take down. We’ve got Kathryn Bigelow’s ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ hitting screens this December, and as The Playlist notes, ‘Code Name Geronimo,’ recently picked up by the Weinsteins out of Cannes and starring Cam Gigandet and Xzibit (yes, really).
But according to the NY Post, Steven Spielberg is eying a version of the Bin Laden story for himself. That would be the memoir ‘No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama bin Laden,’ written by Mark Owen, a pseudonym for SEAL officer Matt Bissonette. The book recounts the story from the perspective of one of the 24 SEAL members on the mission, a controversial telling since it may incorporate some classified names and information.
No word yet on whether Spielberg would simply produce or go all the way and direct, as he’s still currently at work on a ‘Robopocalypse‘ adaptation, schedule to hit theaters in 2014.
UPDATE: THR spoke with Spielberg’s spokesman Martin Levy, who is refuting the initial report. Levy says, “Neither Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks Studios or DreamWorks Television will be optioning Mark Owen’s book, ‘No Easy Day.’”