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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  • Joseph M

    Remember when Spielberg made 1941? A film about the absurdity of war. Plus he made films about killer sharks, lost ET’s, upgraded dinosaurs and replicant cops. Then he got old and became a peddler of jingoistic war-friendly propaganda. Private Ryan, Band Of Brothers, Transformers, War Horse and now Lincoln. I don’t know if he got a taste for war, or if it’s about brainwashing young Americans into joining the army to fight for corporations and Israel. What I do know is that I miss the old Spielberg.
    And please, Osama Bin Laden was buried at sea? Does anyone actually believe that?

    • ScaredForMovies

      Couldn’t have said it any better myself. I also thought it was strange how most of the Seal 6 team conveniently died not long after.

  • Joseph M

    ***Scrub the replicant cop reference! Sorry Ridley…

  • Joseph M

    Wow, my comment got deleted. Spooky.

  • Devils Advocate

    As men grow old, their sensibilities change. As they see more of the world and what its capable of, and all of its realities, they become more cynical and focused. Now I do not claim to know what Mr. Spielberg is thinking, or where his sensibilities lie, but I can tell you this:

    I highly doubt that the attrocities displayed in Saving Private Ryan, or in Band of Brothers, is “Jingoistic” in nature. If anything, it paid homage to a generation of men and women who sacraficed far more than most of us could ever fathom, and through that sacrafice, we are able to be here now sharing our comments freely. Transformers, if you even want to lump that POS into the same catagory as the other two, may have “glorified” violence for entertainment, but even that lacks the narrative to say Spielberg was trying to further a violent ultra patriotic aggressive approach to foreign policy.

    And for where Bin Laden was buried, your guess is as good as mine, but the only interest you or I should take in that story line was that the powers that be wanted to ensure the world that even in a time of war, we uphold the ideals of a free society, and choose not to desicrate the bodies of our enemy, but instead follow the laws of the genova convention, and where able too, give them the same respect we would expect given of our own soldiers if fallen in battle to the enemy.

    I do not like war, I do not want war, but it turns out, im in the war fighting business, and have been for 22 years, and I do this for people who think like me, for people who are even more right of my position, and for people like yourself, who are far to the left.

    I do not want to make assumptions more than I already have about you, but I dare to say, in time, somewhere down the road, you will see the world differently than you see it now, perhaps the way Mr. Spielberg sees it, and dare I say, you believe yourself to be the wiser for it.

    • ScaredForMovies

      Sir you make a great point but the question I ask you is are we really holding up the ideals of a free society? It seems to me that our freedoms are being taken away little by little through fear mongering. We have organizations invading our privacy, trying to police the internet, drones spying on us, corruption running rampant through our police and gov’t institutions. We let corporate interests dictate our gov’t policies. Before we go around policing the world maybe we should get our own house in order first. Is Libya really a better place today because of the UN’s intervention? From what I hear, and you certainly won’t see it in the mainstream media, is that Sharia law has taken hold. The west has historically been against Sharia law because it is a violation of democracy. Saudi Arabia’s women’s rights are barbaric but I don’t see us knocking on their door. I wonder why?

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