Oct 5, 2012

Tradecraft: Rival Seal Team Six Movie Lands at NatGeo

In the wake of the successful Seal Team Six mission that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden, a number of studios and filmmakers raced each other to be the first to chronicle the historic events on film. Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow had the edge, because she'd already been developing a movie about the (the fruitless) hunt for the elusive terrorist. But she wasn't alone. Her Hurt Locker producer, Nicholas Chartier, was next out of the gate with a film directed by Jon Stockwell (Blue Crush), then called Code Name: Geronimo. It's since been acquired by The Weinstein Company and changed its title to Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden. And Deadline reports that it will actually beat Bigelow's movie by a month... though it will premiere on TV. Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden will debut on The National Geographic Channel on Sunday, November 4. Bigelow's movie, Zero Dark Thirty (trailer here) comes out in theaters on December 19. Both movies look good to me, and I'm eager to see the story of the most high profile successful American Intelligence operation of the last decade unfold on screen. Despite that title, it's not just an account of the fateful SEAL mission itself, but also of the extensive joint operation between the CIA and JSOC leading up to that night. William Fichter stars as a CIA honcho, along with Cam Gigandet, Anson Mount, Freddy Rodriquez, Xzibit, Kathleen Robertson, Eddie Kay Thomas, Kenneth Miller and Transporter 3's Robert Knepper. Watch the trailer:

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