Peter Berg’s Lone Survivor Recruits Wahlberg, Foster, and Kitsch

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Lone Survivor Book CoverWith “Battleship”, Peter Berg’s sci-fi Summer event film for Universal close to disembarking for its defense against an alien invasion, Berg is already moving ahead with his follow-up film, the Navy SEALs movie “Lone Survivor”, based on the non-fiction book by Marcus Luttrell. It’s a movie that Berg has been talking about making for years now, and his directing “Battleship” was specifically so Universal would back him on “Lone Survivor”.

Now comes word that a trio of actors, Mark Wahlberg, Berg’s “Battleship” star Taylor Kitsch, and Ben Foster are all in talks to play the story’s main four Navy SEALs. Wahlberg would play Luttrell, the lone survivor of the title, while Kitsch and Foster would fill up two of the remaining three roles. I have to admit, all three guys are a tad short to be playing Navy SEALs, but I guess that’s why they call it movie magic. (Kitsch is the tallest at 6 feet.) Wahlberg, specifically, barely cracks 5’8″, and he’ll be playing a 6’5″ guy? I’d love to see these two standing side-by-side at the movie’s premiere…

So why did it take so long for Berg to get “Lone Survivor” rolling? Well, a few years ago making a movie about the War on Terror was a guaranteed money loser at the box office, so studios shied away from them. But now with the death of Osama Bin Laden (killed by the famous Navy SEAL Team Six), and the proven box office muscle of Navy SEALs films like “Act of Valor” over the weekend, it’s getting a lot easier to make a movie that is, according to Berg, “unapologetically patriotic”, which is his plan for “Lone Survivor”.

The plot of “Lone Survivor” has Luttrell and his four-man SEALs team behind enemy lines in Afghanistan on a mission to kill or capture a Taliban leader. Instead, they are discovered and forced to battle hundreds of Al-Qaeda forces that had them cornered in the mountains. But that’s really just half of the story. The other half involves Luttrell hiding from Al-Qaeda forces in an Afghan village that decided to defend him come hell or high water. And oh yeah, he also had to evade capture in the mountains after nearly getting blown to bits and losing, er, most of his clothes.

With casting underway, Berg is looking at a Fall start date for the film.

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Via : Deadline

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  • MattBX

    “So why did it take so long for Berg to get “Lone Survivor” rolling? Well, a few years ago making a movie about the War on Terror was a guaranteed money loser at the box office, so studios shied away from them.”

    I don’t know where you get that from. Not only did the studios not shy away from them, they made plenty. And they all had one thing in common, the same thing that lead to their dismal box office returns; a decided political worldview that dictates the American mission is an immoral travesty at worst and a morally grey boondoggle at best. Shockingly, the American movie-going public generally feels different about their warriors than do Matt Damon and George Clooney. Losing money never stopped Hollywood from making a politically charged movie that they really wanted to make. And the prospect of actually making some money hasn’t always resulted in Hollywood swallowing the Patriot pill and making a pro US military movie. At least not lately.

    Let’s see what Mr. Berg had to say…

    [ "“The idea of a good old-fashioned combat yarn, in which the politics are very clear—we support these men—was more appealing to them.” Unlike many of the portraits of soldiers at war presented in recent years, “Lone Survivor” is about “the core warrior spirit,” he said. “It’s an unabashed tribute to the courage of these men.” Berg states. ]

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

      You’re confusing star vanity projects with films the studios actually expect to make them money. The only reason they allowed Damon to make Green Zone was purely so he’d come back for the Bourne films. (That blew up in their face.) And they were allowing Berg to make Lone Survivor only because they wanted him to direct Battleship for them. Those are FACTS. It just so happens that patriotic war movies about SEALs are now in vogue. The rest of those anti-war movies you are probably thinking off are indie projects. Do not confuse indie with big Hollywood studio-backed movies.

      • Look1234

        no, you simply don’t get it. The FACT is, the box office results show that Hollywoods leftwing liberal views toward our military is a huge turnoff to a large amount of the public.
        If hollywood made lone survivor with Sean Penn, Matt Damon, Jake Gyllenhal & Adrian Brody to tell the story of 4 dumb naive cowboy fanatics whose patriotism is taken advantage of by our evil military machine & sent off to slaughter innocent bystanders in the middle east only to be saved in the end by the lovely locals of Afghanistan… and on & on… the movie would win an Oscar & make about $800 in the box office.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1487102434 Jim Culver

    Very much looking forward to this movie, but you’re right about Wahlberg. Not only is he too short, he’s 41 years old, dull as a fencepost, and couldn’t play a southerner if his life depended on it. This is way outside his wheelhouse.

  • Jparamedic32

    I’m on board with the movie the book was epic read it twice. Its definitely a story that should be and will be told by Berg with the help of Marcus. This should be a very focused well done movie very technically sound from the military tactics to the crude landscape of the mountains of Tora Bora. Walberg as Lutrell is a big stretch, but so wasn’t Jamie Fox in the Kingdom …

  • Fireslayer10

    I wish Mr. berg would tell the story of operation red wings too. This was the operation by Marines that wiped out the force that ambushed the SEAL recon team. I also hope they tell the story of how despite the amazing heroics of the team planners, specifically JSOC, was never held responsible for the mistakes prior to the recon team being inserted or for the negligence in not using available intelligence that would have prevented the rescue chopper being shot down. The Marines wanted to do the recon with their own Force Recon element…probably the best pure reconnaissance unit in the world…but JSOC got a little too bent on
    Inter-service rivalry rather than having the right asset do the job. And the Marines were going to walk in so they wouldn’t be discovered.

    • Guest

      For one, Operations Whalers was the Marine mission you are refering to. Which took place months after Operations Red Wings (the op. Lt. Murphy and his men were on). Second, when QRF is spun-up they cant tell whats happening on the ground b/c a firefight is constantly evolving. The SEALs are very good @ what they do, shit happens. It took SEALs many hours to get a few miles after inserting. how long you think it would have taken the marines to walk in?