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Cuban Missile Crisis chronicle One Minute to Midnight to receive the big screen treatment from the director of The Adjustment Bureau

Aug. 7, 2012by: Alejandro Stepenberg

George Nolfi doing some directing

Having sadly missed out on the gig of directing CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, writer/director of THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU George Nolfi has been looking for something else to do with his talent.  And he may have just found it, signing on to rewrite and direct an adaptation of the book 2008 book "One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War," which is "an hour-by-hour account of the Cuban Missile Crisis."  Just a bit of light-hearted action-adventure fluff - no big deal, right?

One Minute to Midnight book coverNolfi also helped rewrite THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM, so he's no stranger to tightly-plotted tales of espionage.  And while he may not have shown thus far that he has what it takes to tell a globe-trotting tale that nearly reaches cataclysmic proportions, I loved THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU enough that I fully believe in Nolfi's capability.  The better question is: do you?

Book synopsis: In October 1962, at the height of the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union came to the brink of nuclear conflict over the placement of Soviet missiles in Cuba. In this hour-by-hour chronicle of those tense days, veteran Washington Post reporter Michael Dobbs reveals just how close we came to Armageddon.

Here, for the first time, are gripping accounts of Khrushchev's plan to destroy the U.S. naval base at Guantánamo; the handling of Soviet nuclear warheads on Cuba; and the extraordinary story of a U-2 spy plane that got lost over Russia at the peak of the crisis.

Extra Tidbit: Nolfi also wrote Arnold Schwarzenegger's upcoming action flick THE LAST STAND.

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12:06PM on 08/07/2012
Yes, "Thirteen Days" is incredible, but Nolfi made one of the best sci-fi films in recent years, as such, I am excited for his next project, no matter what it is.
Yes, "Thirteen Days" is incredible, but Nolfi made one of the best sci-fi films in recent years, as such, I am excited for his next project, no matter what it is.
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10:34AM on 08/07/2012
+1 for Thirteen Days - an excellent and little seen film. I don't see these guys doing a better job with the material, but hey, never know.
+1 for Thirteen Days - an excellent and little seen film. I don't see these guys doing a better job with the material, but hey, never know.
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9:56AM on 08/07/2012
I always thought it was 2 Minutes to Midnight.
Totally lied to by my album covers again!

And yes, Thirteen Days was excellent.
I always thought it was 2 Minutes to Midnight.
Totally lied to by my album covers again!

And yes, Thirteen Days was excellent.
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9:31AM on 08/07/2012
Ummmm....they've already done this movie. It's called THIRTEEN DAYS. And it was a fantastic film, hugely underrated.

This is it for those interested: [link]

Bruce Greenwood's performance as John F. Kennedy was Oscar worthy.
Ummmm....they've already done this movie. It's called THIRTEEN DAYS. And it was a fantastic film, hugely underrated.

This is it for those interested: [link]

Bruce Greenwood's performance as John F. Kennedy was Oscar worthy.
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9:34AM on 08/07/2012
I agree. "Thirteen Days" is wayyyyyyy underrated.
I agree. "Thirteen Days" is wayyyyyyy underrated.