Steven Spielberg Circling Adaptation of Osama Bin Laden Drama NO EASY DAY [Update: Spokesman Denies the Rumor]

     August 27, 2012


Steven Spielberg is planning to follow up his upcoming drama Lincoln with the action film Robopocalypse.  However, he’s still considering other projects for his future slate, and Spielberg is reportedly in talks to adapt the non-fiction novel No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama bin Laden.  The book is from the perspective of Navy SEAL Matt Bissonette (under the pseudonym Mark Owen).  The key difference between this story and Kathryn Bigelow‘s upcoming Osama Bin Laden drama Zero Dark Thirty is that her film appears to take place from multiple perspectives covering the entire operation to kill the Al Qaeda leader.

Hit the jump for more.  [Update: Spielberg spokesman Mark Levy told THR, “Neither Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks Studios or DreamWorks Television will be optioning Mark Owen’s book, No Easy Day.”  The original story follows after the jump.]

According to the NY Post [via The Playlist], Bissonnette has taken the project to HBO and DreamWorks, and the latter currently seems to be the more promising of the two opportunities.  However, it’s worth noting that since Spielberg is an executive at DreamWorks, he won’t necessarily get in the director’s chair.  He may simply come on board as a producer.  If Spielberg does get involved as a director, and sticks to giving Robopocalypse first priority, we won’t see the adaptation of No Easy Day until post-2014.

There’s also the issue that adapting the book could run into legal difficulties since Bissonette should have kept certain aspects of the mission classified in the interest of national security, and operations chief Adm. Bill McRaven has said the author could be prosecuted for publishing this information.

no-easy-day-book-coverHere’s the synopsis for No Easy Day:

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. [Amazon]

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