Peter Berg, upon finishing helming the much-maligned Battleship, has announced that his next project will be Lone Survivor, based on a the book of the same name that chronicles a Navy Seal team’s struggle to survive after a 2005 ambush. The event took place on a raid to kill or capture a terrorist leader, not unlike the raid on bin Laden.
Berg sums up the story thusly for Deadline:
“The mission was similar to the assassination mission that got Bin Laden, but things got complicated when they ran into 3 kids and an old man,” he said. “Under the rules of engagement, they could have killed them, but they decided to let them go and take their chances, even though they knew these people would likely talk.” Shortly after, the mission had to be aborted when the SEALS found themselves under fire from about 250 Al Qaeda soldiers. When the dust cleared–and after a rescue helicopter was blown up by a rocket propelled grenade, 15 SEAL members were killed, and the lone survivor was Luttrell. “A massive land assault was carried out, but by then Marcus was brought to shelter by an Afghan tribe that fought off the Taliban until Luttrell could be rescued.”
You’re supposed to say “spoiler alert” when you give away major plot points, Peter.
Berg has already tapped Battleship star Taylor Kitsch to play on of the four SEAL leads in the film. Further, Berg has had his eye on this project since he embedded himself with a SEAL team in his research for The Kingdom. However, Universal convinced him to direct Battleship first, then they would spiring for Lone Survivor. Man, Berg sure does a lot of movies about the military. He’s like the Tom Clancy of directors.