From Transformers to one of the most politically divisive attacks in modern American history. That’s one hell of a change of pace for director Michael Bay. He in direct talks to take the director’s chair for 13 hours, the big screen adaptation of Michael Zuckoff’s book.
Zuckoff is a New York Times bestselling author, and 13 hours explores what the six man security team went through that night on September 11, 2012 to defend the US State Department Special Mission Compound and a nearby CIA station.
The attack in Benghazi killed US Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith, CIA contractors Tyron S. Woods and Glen Dohtery. Four other Americans were wounded in the attack, along with 7 Libyan guards. The security team killed approximately 100 attackers throughout the attack.
13 Hours will be produced by Erwin Stoff for Paramount, and Chuck Hogan will have script duties. Reading the description of the book, Zuckoff’s aim was to strip politics out of the story, and relay just what people on the ground said about the attack. Nothing less. Nothing more.
The film will be a semi-departure for Bay if he signs on. He’s used to mega-budget tentpoles. This film is expected to be budgeted at 30-40 million dollars. That figure is similar to what he had to work with on the movie Pain & Gain.
Some will say the action-director is the wrong guy for the movie. I’m going to disagree. He knows the importance of what happened, and maybe it’s time for Americans to learn what the people on the ground faced that night. We certainly aren’t learning it from cable news or Congress. Maybe it takes a movie for us to collectively appreciate the sacrifice.
What do you think? Is Michael Bay up to the task?