Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
‘Game Of Thrones’ Will Probably End After Season 8, But HBO Is Open To Prequels & More ‘Game Of Thrones’ Will Probably End After Season 8, But HBO Is Open To Prequels & More The 25 Best Action Movies Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Action Movies Of The 21st Century So Far Relativity Puts 'Jane Got A Gun' And More Up For Sale As They Fight Off Bankruptcy Relativity Puts 'Jane Got A Gun' And More Up For Sale As They Fight Off Bankruptcy Zack Snyder Says Batman Has A "Crisis Of Conscience" In 'Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice' Plus New Pics Zack Snyder Says Batman Has A "Crisis Of Conscience" In 'Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice' Plus New Pics Venice 2015 Line-Up: 'Equals' With Kristen Stewart, 'Beasts Of No Nation,' 'The Danish Girl,' More Venice 2015 Line-Up: 'Equals' With Kristen Stewart, 'Beasts Of No Nation,' 'The Danish Girl,' More Watch: 4-Minute Tribute To Lars von Trier's Masterful Film Work Watch: 4-Minute Tribute To Lars von Trier's Masterful Film Work New 'Deadpool' Images, Ryan Reynolds Distances Himself From 'X-Men: Origins' New 'Deadpool' Images, Ryan Reynolds Distances Himself From 'X-Men: Origins' TIFF Images: Emma Watson In 'Colonia,' Brie Larson In 'Room,' Charlie Kaufman's 'Anomalisa' And More TIFF Images: Emma Watson In 'Colonia,' Brie Larson In 'Room,' Charlie Kaufman's 'Anomalisa' And More Richard Linklater Frontrunner To Direct 'The Rosie Project' Starring Jennifer Lawrence Richard Linklater Frontrunner To Direct 'The Rosie Project' Starring Jennifer Lawrence Watch: Blu-Ray Trailer For 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' Plus 11 New Clips From The Film Watch: Blu-Ray Trailer For 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' Plus 11 New Clips From The Film The 10 Best And 5 Worst Tom Cruise Performances The 10 Best And 5 Worst Tom Cruise Performances Watch: New Trailer For 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Blu-ray Release Explores Who Killed The World Watch: New Trailer For 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Blu-ray Release Explores Who Killed The World Just For Laughs: 'The Big Lebowski' Live Read With Michael Fassbender & Jennifer Lawrence Just For Laughs: 'The Big Lebowski' Live Read With Michael Fassbender & Jennifer Lawrence All The Songs In 'Paper Towns' Including Bon Iver, Wilco, Vampire Weekend, Bob Dylan, And More All The Songs In 'Paper Towns' Including Bon Iver, Wilco, Vampire Weekend, Bob Dylan, And More "A Living Hell": 'The Revenant' Is Reportedly $35 Million Over Budget, A Producer Exited The Movie, And More "A Living Hell": 'The Revenant' Is Reportedly $35 Million Over Budget, A Producer Exited The Movie, And More The 20 Best Documentaries Of 2015 So Far The 20 Best Documentaries Of 2015 So Far The 25 Best Animated Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Animated Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far "It Was A Clusterfuck From Day One": 5 Things About Neill Blomkamp's Failed 'Halo' Movie "It Was A Clusterfuck From Day One": 5 Things About Neill Blomkamp's Failed 'Halo' Movie

Taylor Kitsch To Star In 'Lone Survivor' For Peter Berg, Because Navy SEALS Are Sooooo Hot Right Now

Photo of Oliver Lyttelton By Oliver Lyttelton | The Playlist May 18, 2011 at 1:10AM

There's nothing like blasting a few bullets into the head of the world's most wanted man to make your profession all the rage. And that's what Navy SEAL Team 6 did by storming the compound of Osama Bin Laden a few weeks back. Since then, they've been everywhere, and of course, Hollywood has been all over them: Kathryn Bigelow's already-in-development "Kill Bin Laden," for which writer Mark Boal had spent some time tracking the group, suddenly became the hottest project in town, while Disney waited a whole 48 hours before trying to trademark the term 'SEAL Team 6.'
5

There's nothing like blasting a few bullets into the head of the world's most wanted man to make your profession all the rage. And that's what Navy SEAL Team 6 did by storming the compound of Osama Bin Laden a few weeks back. Since then, they've been everywhere, and of course, Hollywood has been all over them: Kathryn Bigelow's already-in-development "Kill Bin Laden," for which writer Mark Boal had spent some time tracking the group, suddenly became the hottest project in town, while Disney waited a whole 48 hours before trying to trademark the term 'SEAL Team 6.'

And now another project has gotten a shot in the ass. Deadline reports that "Lone Survivor" an adaptation of the non-fiction book by author Marcus Luttrell that served as the second part of a two-picture deal between Universal and Peter Berg, director of their 2012 tentpole "Battleship," is moving forward at the studio. The book tells the story of former SEAL Luttrell and three squad mates who were sent into the Kush mountain region of Afghanistan to assassinate a Taliban leader in 2005, only to be ambushed, and forced to fight for their lives.

Berg spent time embedded with a SEAL team in Iraq to research the film, and wanted to make the project back in 2009, but Universal wasn't keen, leading to a "one for us, one for you" deal on "Battleship." But as soon as Bin Laden's body hit the floor, the studio suddenly became more interested, as Berg told Deadline: "They leaned right into it with me. Bin Laden's death has cleared the way for this, a movie that will be an unapologetically patriotic film that honors and pays homage to an incredible group of badass guys who do this. The film will be a bit like 'Black Hawk Down,' but it will focus on the quartet, which is fewer guys than that film."

He's already cast one of the quartet of soldiers as well, with his "Battleship" lead, "Friday Night Lights" and "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" star Taylor Kitsch, signing on to the film with the other three leads expected to follow shortly. It's a smart move: by the time "Lone Survivor" hits, Kitsch will have headlined not just "Battleship," but also Disney's mega-budgeted "John Carter of Mars" and Oliver Stone's all-star crime-drama "Savages." Production is expected to get underway in January, so we could conceivably see this in theaters by the end of 2012, although we imagine 2013 is more likely.

Meanwhile, any bets on how soon the below video becomes a reality?

This article is related to: Films, Actors, Film Studios, Peter Berg, Lone Survivor, Taylor Kitsch, Universal


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates