Michael Bay to Produce and Maybe Direct SABOTAGE; WWII Thriller Follows Mission to Stop Nazis from Developing Nuclear Weapons

     October 10, 2013

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Paramount Pictures reportedly won a bidding war for the rights to Neal Bascomb‘s non-fiction book proposal Sabotage.  (Full title: Sabotage: A Genius Scientist, His Band of Young Commandos, and the Mission to Kill Hitler’s Super Bomb.)  The Wrap reports Michael Bay will produce and is eying the project as a potential directing vehicle.

Nascomb wants to retell the heroic tale as an action thriller that would suit a Bay production.  The story centers on a group of Norwegian refugee commandos who infiltrate Nazi territory to sabotage Hitler’s secret nuclear program.  More after the jump.

The Wrap has the full pitch:

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Set in 1942, the story follows a brilliant scientist who flees the Gestapo to inform the Allies that the Nazis are secretly developing a nuclear program at an industrial fortress called Vermork deep in the mountainous expanse of Norway’s Telemark region. Knowing that Hitler gaining nuclear capabilities would be unthinkably catastrophic, the Allies assemble a fearless team of nine Norwegian refugee commandos to infiltrate the Nazi-occupied country. In an apparent suicide mission, this team must brave the arctic landscape and pull off an impossibly daring assault on Vermork, which sits perched on impenetrable, icy cliffs. With little more than parachutes, skis, tommy guns, and explosives, the team is the Allies’ only hope to halt Hitler’s nuclear ambitions, and their adventure is one of WWII most thrilling, action-packed tales.

Great story.  I can’t decide if I want the undoubtedly crazy Bay version, so we’ll see if he passes Sabotage on to someone else.  Bay is currently shooting Transformers: Age of Extinction.

The Norwegian heavy water sabotage has caught on before in Hollywood, in the 1965 Kirk Douglas movie The Heroes of Telemark.  Watch the trailer below.  In addition to all the above, the mission also offers “a love story torn straight from the pages of real life.”

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