Michael Bay Negotiates to Direct Benghazi-centric ’13 Hours’

By October 30, 2014

Director Michael Bay has made quite a reputation for himself as an action director, putting blockbuster juggernauts with large explosions into theaters for the last several years. It seems as though the director is going to try something new, if new information from The Hollywood Reporter is to be believed: Bay is going to try his hand at a political drama, derived from a book based off of a recent international incident.

THR reports that Bay has entered into negotiations to direct a film entitled 13 Hours for producer Erwin Stoff and Paramount Pictures. The project is based on the book 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi, by author and University of Boston journalism professor Mitchell Zuckoff. Zuckoff apparently wrote the book with the assistance of actual security forces on the ground during the attack on the United States diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, which resulted in the deaths of four Americans, including a U.S. Foreign Service Information Management officer, as well as the United States’ ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens.

Although this event would prove to be a greatly divisive political controversy here at home, the aim of Zuckoff’s book was to present the events as the witnesses and sources understood them in the moment, without dealing at all with the political ramifications that would follow. According to the report at THR, author Chuck Hogan, who wrote the book The Prince of Thieves (which would become the basis for Ben Affleck’s film The Town) will adapt the book for the screen. The outlet also included a very brief synopsis about the structure of the film and how the story would be told, saying:

The focus is on six members of a security team that valiantly fought to defend the many Americans stationed there. They only partially succeeded: [Ambassador] Stevens and a foreign service worker were killed in one attack, and two contract workers were killed during a second assault on a CIA station nearby.

This will likely be an interesting test for Bay’s directorial skills, as he’s spent most of the last decade developing the Transformers franchise for Paramount. 13 Hours will likely demand a very different flavor of work from the director, who has a unique opportunity to show off his versatility by taking on this project. 13 Hours hasn’t been set for any specific release date yet, but keep your eye on GeekNation and we’ll update you as soon as more details present themselves.

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Chris Clow
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