Michael Bay in Talks with Paramount to Direct Benghazi ’13 Hours’ Film

Michael Bay in Talks with Paramount to Direct Benghazi ’13 Hours’ Film

Michael Bay has his sights set on directing Paramount Pictures’ 13 Hours, which is based on Mitchell Zuckoff’s book Thirteen Hours: A Firsthand Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi.

The book recounts the tragedies on Sept. 11, 2012, in which Islamic militants attacked the U.S. Special Mission Compound and CIA annex building in Benghazi, Lybia, killing four Americans.

Paramount acquired rights to the book in February before it was published, according toVariety, and sources close to the film project say that, while no contracts have been signed, “Bay read the first draft of the script and like it.”

Bay, represented by WME, announced in August that he will not return to the “Transformers” franchise. 

Some speculate that 13 Hours might be a good fit for the director, due to its action-packed content, and say that it could even bear resemblance to Black Hawk Down

13 Hours reportedly has a budget of $30 to $40 million, which takes it away from the massive Hollywood blockbuster range that Bay is used to.

Chuck Hogan wrote the screenplay and Erwin Stoff will produce the film through 3 Arts Entertainment. Production will begin on March 9 should the project advance.


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