Looks like Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty won't be the only Navy SEAL Osama bin Laden assassination movie we see made. Apparently director Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks are in talks with retired SEAL Team Six member Matt Bissonnette to acquire his book, No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama bin Laden, so Spielberg can adapt it for the big screen.
Owen was “one of the first men through the door on the third floor” of bin Laden’s lair in Pakistan and was there when he died. Following the announcement of this book, Fox News revealed that Bissonnette, who used the pseudonym Mark Owen for his book, could "face prosecution for revealing sensitive and classified information that could cause US forces harm."
I'd actually love to see Spielberg take on a movie like this. He's never really made a modern warfare kind of film. All of his war movies have taken place during World War I and World War II. It will be interesting to see how this plays out, but I'd like to see it happen. What do you think about Spielberg directing a big screen retelling of how Osama bin Laden was taken down?
Here's the description of the book which is set to be released on September 11th.
For the first time anywhere, the first-person account of the planning and execution of the Bin Laden raid from a Navy Seal who confronted the terrorist mastermind and witnessed his final moments.
From the streets of Iraq to the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips in the Indian Ocean, and from the mountaintops of Afghanistan to the third floor of Osama Bin Laden’s compound, operator Mark Owen of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group--commonly known as SEAL Team Six-- has been a part of some of the most memorable special operations in history, as well as countless missions that never made headlines.
No Easy Day puts readers alongside Owen and the other handpicked members of the twenty-four-man team as they train for the biggest mission of their lives. The blow-by-blow narrative of the assault, beginning with the helicopter crash that could have ended Owen’s life straight through to the radio call confirming Bin Laden’s death, is an essential piece of modern history.
In No Easy Day, Owen also takes readers onto the field of battle in America’s ongoing War on Terror and details the selection and training process for one of the most elite units in the military. Owen’s story draws on his youth in Alaska and describes the SEALs’ quest to challenge themselves at the highest levels of physical and mental endurance. With boots-on-the-ground detail, Owen describes numerous previously unreported missions that illustrate the life and work of a SEAL and the evolution of the team after the events of September 11. In telling the true story of the SEALs whose talents, skills, experiences, and exceptional sacrifices led to one of the greatest victories in the War on Terror, Mark Owen honors the men who risk everything for our country, and he leaves readers with a deep understanding of the warriors who keep America safe.