Fresh off the latest Transformers movie, Michael Bay, it seems, is looking for a more serious film project. Thankfully, a serious project is in the works at Paramount pictures: a movie about the Benghazi incident that left four Americans dead, including the ambassador to Libya, based on Mitchell Zukoff’s book 13 Hours.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Michael Bay feels he’s up to the challenge of turning a complex political event that deserves the utmost respect into a major motion picture blockbuster, mostly made up of giant explosions strung together with a mediocre plot.
In a massive change of pace, Michael Bay is going from toy tentpole to a Benghazi political drama.
Bay is in negotiations to direct 13 Hours, the adaptation of Mitchell Zuckoff’s book about the attack on an American compound in Libya that left U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens dead.
Chuck Hogan wrote the script adapting the book, which details how on Sept. 11, 2012, terrorists attacked the U.S. State Department Special Mission Compound in Benghazi. The focus is on six members of a security team that valiantly fought to defend the many Americans stationed there. They only partially succeeded: Stevens and a foreign service worker were killed in one attack, and two contract workers were killed during a second assault on a CIA station nearby.
To be fair, the story of the American stand at Benghazi is a compelling one, even absent political considerations. It has all the right things that could make it a true blockbuster: valiant heroes who run into the breach to defend beseiged foreign service workers, CIA intelligence backgrounds, foreign terrorists. And of all the people who could have been selected to helm the project, Michael Bay seems among the least likely to use the film to repair the Administration’s Benghazi bungling. After all, Michael Bay films aren’t really about complicated political ideas as they rarely convey a message at all, aside from warning America about the dangers of space-faring robots. And while his Pearl Harbor film was forgettable, his only crime against the American military was allowing Ben Affleck to have any connection to a lead role in the film.
So I guess the conclusion we can draw from this is that, as far as Benghazi’s big screen debut is concerned, we could have done a lot worse. As long as Michael Bay doesn’t insist on casting Ben Affleck, of course.
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