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For a while there, it didn’t seem as if Universal would ever give Peter Berg the money he needed to make “Lone Survivor”, based on the real-life book of the same name by former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell. Just to get the studio to even consider footing the bill, Berg had to promise them a Summer Event film in “Battleship”, his contribution to the growing alien invasion genre. As it turns out, the best thing that could happen to Berg and “Lone Survivor” was Luttrell’s former SEALs taking out Osama Bin Laden, essentially clearing the way for the film Berg wanted to make, not to mention the inevitable rush of SEALs-based movies either about the killing of the Al-Qaeda leader, or just the unit itself.
Deadline reports that it’s clear sailing for “Lone Survivor” now. Berg said:
They leaned right into it with me. Bin Laden’s death has cleared the way for this, a movie that will be an unapologetically patriotic film that honors and pays homage to an incredible group of badass guys who do this. The film will be a bit like Black Hawk Down, but it will focus on the quartet, which is fewer guys than that film.
The movie, like the book, will be based on the true story of what happened to Luttrell and his SEALs team in Afghanistan back in 2005. Berg adapted the book after spending a month in-country with actual SEALs to prepare, and has offered one of the leads to his “Battleship” star Taylor Kitsch.
You can probably Google Luttrell’s name and you would find out all you need to know about what happen to him. Suffice it to say, it involves a small unit of SEALs taking on a large group of Al-Qaeda. But this isn’t the movies, and not everyone makes it home.