Michael Bay May Direct Benghazi Movie ’13 Hours’
In a weird transition Michael Bay is in talks to direct a Benghazi movie as his post-horrible “Transformers: Age of Extinction” film.
“13 Hours,” the film he might direct, is based on the book “13 Hours: A Firsthand Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi” by Mitchell Zuckoff.
Paramount bought the rights prior to its publication, and Chuck Hogan has since scripted an adaptation.
While nothing is set in stone I think it’s an interesting choice to have Bay direct this adaptation.
He has made great films in the past, “Pain and Gain” is one of my favorites, but he hasn’t made a truly high caliber film yet.
However, there are many people that would have thought Peter Berg was a terrible choice to direct “Lone Survivor,” but it ended up being an AMAZING film worthy of an Oscar nomination.
Despite the fact that Bay has pumped out 4-shitty “Transformers” films I am willing to overlook that transgression against my eyes and time in favor of giving him a chance at something new, and I’d love to see his take on this.
In case you didn’t know what the Benghazi situation was all about here’s a brief synopsis from /Film. (any opinion expressed below is that of /Film and not of us)
The basics are that on September 11 2012, the U.S. Special Mission Compound and a nearby CIA Annex in Benghazi, Libya were attacked by Islamic militants. At the compound, U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith were killed; at the annex a few hours later Tyrone S. Woods and Glen Doherty were killed. Ten other Americans were injured; around 100 attackers were killed in the fight.
The controversy over Benghazi came afterward. Was the attack pre-planned, or a spontaneous angry response to the Innocence of Muslim video that had recently become a viral talking point? Accusations were made that the Obama administration politicized the attack in order to curry favor just prior to the 2012 Presidential Election. (Those accusations were made in part by people who rapidly politicized Benghazi in the other direction as their own political currency.)
There were also claims that the state department had under-prepared the embassy for attack (very possible), and that US leaders watched the attack and did nothing (nope), denied request for backup (nope) and even told defenders to stand down (once again, nope).