Michael Bay May Direct Film Based on Benghazi Attack

Michael Bay is in talks to direct a feature film about the 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.

A feature-length film about the 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, entitled 13 Hours, is currently in the works, and Michael Bay is in talks to direct it.

The screenplay by Chuck Hogan (The Town)—based on the bestselling book by Mitchell Zuckoff, 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi, and written with the help of the Annex Security Team—dramatizes the attack in which U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and a foreign service worker were killed. A second assault killed two contract workers at a nearby CIA compound.

Paramount preemptively bought the rights to the book before it was published last September. The story focuses on the courageous six-member security team that fought to protect the Americans stationed in the compound.

Best known for directing the Transformers franchise, including this year's blockbuster, Transformers: Age of Extinction, Bay has a history of directing successful action flicks, going back to popular films like The Rock and Armageddon.

Producing the movie is accomplished filmmaker Erwin Stoff, who has a long list of prominent credits, including The Blind Side and Water for Elephants.


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