Peter Berg to Write and Direct Lone Survivor

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It looks like Marcus Luttrell’s true-story book “Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10″ is going to make it as a movie after all — and it’s going to be written and directed by Peter Berg, who is no stranger to Middle East-themed movies, having just finished up “The Kingdom”. The book was snatched up by Universal, who brought it to Akiva Goldsmith, who then sent it along to Peter Berg, who has agreed to do it. All this, according to Deadline Hollywood. You can read about Hollywood’s war for the war book here.

More about “Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10″:

On a clear night in late June 2005, four U.S. Navy SEALs left their base in northern Afghanistan for the mountainous Pakistani border. Their mission was to capture or kill a notorious al Qaeda leader known to be ensconced in a Taliban stronghold surrounded by a small but heavily armed force. Less then twenty-four hours later, only one of those Navy SEALs remained alive.

This is the story of fire team leader Marcus Luttrell, the sole survivor of Operation Redwing, and the desperate battle in the mountains that led, ultimately, to the largest loss of life in Navy SEAL history. But it is also, more than anything, the story of his teammates, who fought ferociously beside him until he was the last one left-blasted unconscious by a rocket grenade, blown over a cliff, but still armed and still breathing. Over the next four days, badly injured and presumed dead, Luttrell fought off six al Qaeda assassins who were sent to finish him, then crawled for seven miles through the mountains before he was taken in by a Pashtun tribe, who risked everything to protect him from the encircling Taliban killers.

I gotta get me this book…

Peter Berg to Write and Direct Lone Survivor

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  • michael

    Berg should find some actual current/former Navy SEALs to do the acting for Danny, Michael, and Matt. Find an actor for Marcus. He looks like Ryan Reynolds. I know they had some real SEALs acting the part for the movie “The Rock”. I think it would give the movie so much more validity, and I’m sure there are a more than a few SEALs who could be taught to act quite well to do the part, besides, the weapons etc. would be natural to them and they would do it right. I’m so sick of the Hollywood shows with guys not knowing how to hold guns and no recoil from the shots either.

    • chucky

      Totally agree 110%.Ever since I heard about Luttrell and his story I always thought “If their going to make a movie off his book, they should get Ryan Reynolds to act as Marcus. They look exactly the same as each other. EXACTLY!!! I mean spinning image. just make Ryan grow a beard and beef him up and then you have two twins looking exactly the same.

  • michael

    Berg should find some actual current/former Navy SEALs to do the acting for Danny, Michael, and Matt. Find an actor for Marcus. He looks like Ryan Reynolds. I know they had some real SEALs acting the part for the movie “The Rock”. I think it would give the movie so much more validity, and I’m sure there are a more than a few SEALs who could be taught to act quite well to do the part, besides, the weapons etc. would be natural to them and they would do it right. I’m so sick of the Hollywood shows with guys not knowing how to hold guns and no recoil from the shots either.

    • http://PeterBergtowriteanddirectLoneSurvivor chucky

      Totally agree 110%.Ever since I heard about Luttrell and his story I always thought “If their going to make a movie off his book, they should get Ryan Reynolds to act as Marcus. They look exactly the same as each other. EXACTLY!!! I mean spinning image. just make Ryan grow a beard and beef him up and then you have two twins looking exactly the same.

  • Dave

    Have to agree with what everyone has written. Read the book over a weekend and on the plane. One of the greatest, most compelling books I’ve ever read. Still can’t think of Murph out in the open calling in for support without getting all choked up. Personally, I don’t think Hollywood will be able to match the intensity level, physically or emotionally, but if they can come somewhere close, it should be an epic movie. I think of what they’ve done to Tom Clancy’s books though and it makes me shudder.

    • Bear

      I was lucky enough to have trained with these guys and called them my friends. Murph risking his own life to make the call that would save his team would not have surprized me, at all. He was just that kinda guy. They were all exceptional SEALs and I can’t help but think that, if they could see how they are being revered, they would all be quite amused as they cleaned and inventoried their gear for the next mission. Marcus is a great guy and team member; he will take nothing less than honor and respect (and truth) for his team. I hope that Hollywood donates much of the revenue to their memorial funds and families that they left behind. Nuff said! I plan on watching the movie a couple dozen times, mainly because my tears will be screwing up my vision!

  • Dave

    Have to agree with what everyone has written. Read the book over a weekend and on the plane. One of the greatest, most compelling books I’ve ever read. Still can’t think of Murph out in the open calling in for support without getting all choked up. Personally, I don’t think Hollywood will be able to match the intensity level, physically or emotionally, but if they can come somewhere close, it should be an epic movie. I think of what they’ve done to Tom Clancy’s books though and it makes me shudder.

    • Bear

      I was lucky enough to have trained with these guys and called them my friends. Murph risking his own life to make the call that would save his team would not have surprized me, at all. He was just that kinda guy. They were all exceptional SEALs and I can’t help but think that, if they could see how they are being revered, they would all be quite amused as they cleaned and inventoried their gear for the next mission. Marcus is a great guy and team member; he will take nothing less than honor and respect (and truth) for his team. I hope that Hollywood donates much of the revenue to their memorial funds and families that they left behind. Nuff said! I plan on watching the movie a couple dozen times, mainly because my tears will be screwing up my vision!

  • The rand man

    Tell ya what – get everyone who did Saving Private Ryan to do this one..

    The key to this movie is to just show what happened.. No trying to be “pretty”.. no coiny lines, no stereotypical writing, no melo-drama or over dramatic story telling/acting.. This movie just needs to be in your face, unrlentless, and realistic. Stay true to the creed of the SEALs and honor Murphy, Axelson, Deitz, the other special operators who died, and Luttrell. I hope these hollywood characters don’t make Luttrell regret he told this tremendous story of bravery, loyalty, and friendship.

    But yes, I think if one recalls how genuine and honest Saving Private Ryan was – thats what these writers and directors should be shooting for.

    • Bear

      You are absolutely right, rand man! These guys were dedicated to their missions and outstanding SEALs but to try and make them out to all be unbelievable “Rambos” would only be injustice! Not only to these courageous SEALs who made a human decision that cost them their lives in the unforgiving mountains of Afghanistan, but to all of our other hundreds of thousands of soldiers and military members who gave their lives in support of our country, as well. Throughout the years, I have worked with many SPECWAR members that could give Hollywood what they need for this movie. I hope they think this one thru ’cause I know Marcus and he will tell it like it is!

  • The rand man

    Tell ya what – get everyone who did Saving Private Ryan to do this one..

    The key to this movie is to just show what happened.. No trying to be “pretty”.. no coiny lines, no stereotypical writing, no melo-drama or over dramatic story telling/acting.. This movie just needs to be in your face, unrlentless, and realistic. Stay true to the creed of the SEALs and honor Murphy, Axelson, Deitz, the other special operators who died, and Luttrell. I hope these hollywood characters don’t make Luttrell regret he told this tremendous story of bravery, loyalty, and friendship.

    But yes, I think if one recalls how genuine and honest Saving Private Ryan was – thats what these writers and directors should be shooting for.

    • Bear

      You are absolutely right, rand man! These guys were dedicated to their missions and outstanding SEALs but to try and make them out to all be unbelievable “Rambos” would only be injustice! Not only to these courageous SEALs who made a human decision that cost them their lives in the unforgiving mountains of Afghanistan, but to all of our other hundreds of thousands of soldiers and military members who gave their lives in support of our country, as well. Throughout the years, I have worked with many SPECWAR members that could give Hollywood what they need for this movie. I hope they think this one thru ’cause I know Marcus and he will tell it like it is!

  • Jake Fred

    Greatest book I ever read and all my friends have said the same thing. I have so much respect for these warriors… it would be unjust if hollywood screwed this one up!

  • Jake Fred

    Greatest book I ever read and all my friends have said the same thing. I have so much respect for these warriors… it would be unjust if hollywood screwed this one up!

  • David

    I was hoping that Ridley Scott would have gotten the chance to film this. I think he kept “BlackHawk Down” as real as he could have and it turned out great.

    • Beth

      You took the words right out of my mouth. I’m still disappointed someone didn’t hand Ridley the book on a silver platter.

  • David

    I was hoping that Ridley Scott would have gotten the chance to film this. I think he kept “BlackHawk Down” as real as he could have and it turned out great.

    • Beth

      You took the words right out of my mouth. I’m still disappointed someone didn’t hand Ridley the book on a silver platter.