Paramount In Talks Of Developing A Benghazi Movie

Movies & TV

| February 12, 2014 - 2:24 pm

Paramount is attempting to buy the rights to as as-yet-to-be released firsthand account of the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya. The book is titled Thirteen Hours: a Firsthand Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi and it could hit theaters just in time for the 2016 presidential elections.

Written by Mitchell Zuckoff, an author who is working with the surviving members of the Annex Security Team, the story chronicles the proximity of the Benghazi attacks. Although it is difficult to really ascertain what the actual film will entail, the distance between the event and Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty is only 19 months. Paramount is negotiating with 3 Arts Entertainment to acquire the film rights to the forthcoming book, which is scheduled for publication in late spring.

The names of the surviving members of the Annex Security Team who fought the battle are having their names kept confidential.

According to Deadline, who broke the story, the script will be written by Chuck Hogan (Prince Of Thieves, The Strain) and produced by Erwin Stoff. Richard Abate is the executive producer (Unbroken, Edge Of Tomorrow).

For those who have no idea about the occasion, there was an attack on the U.S. Special Mission Compound in Benghazi, Libya and a nearby CIA Annex rushed in to fight it off. Taking place on the eleventh anniversary of 9/11, four Americans were killed in the attack, including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.

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