Opening tomorrow is director Peter Berg’s (The Rundown, The Kingdom) adaptation of the true-life memoir of Marcus Luttrell, Lone Survivor. The powerful film tells the story of four Navy SEALs on an ill-fated covert mission who try to neutralize a high-level Taliban operative, but are ambushed by enemy forces in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan. The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster, Eric Bana, Alexander Ludwig, Ali Suliman, and Rohan Chand. For more on the film, here’s the latest trailer.
At the recent New York City press day, I landed an exclusive interview with Peter Berg. He talked about the challenges of making the film, his assembly cut, the test screening process (and how the film scored a 96), what he asked the actors to do prior to filming, how he’s changed as a filmmaker, whether we will ever get a sequel to The Rundown, how he got involved with Damon Lindelof’s new HBO series The Leftovers, the possibility of another Friday Night Lights movie, and more. Hit the jump for what he had to say.