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Everyone loves Navy SEALs, including Taylor Kitsch and director Peter Berg

May. 18, 2011by:

Before the Navy SEALs' widely reported and rightfully praised successes snapping sniper shots through Somali pirates and putting holes in Osama Bin Laden, most people were probably more familiar with them from novels, videogames and reruns of certain Charlie Sheen and Steven Seagal flicks.

Now all the movie studios want to put these hardcore American military badasses (with due respect to all the other asskickers in the Armed Forces) on the big screen. Kathryn Bigelow has Joel Edgerton hunting Bin Laden (SPOILER: they get him), Disney wants their own SEAL TEAM SIX project, and now Peter Berg is adapting Marcus Luttrell's book LONE SURVIVOR.

The story documents the 2005 Afghanistan operation of a SEAL team, and their search for an Al Qaeda leader in the mountainous Pakistani border. The mission goes violently pear-shaped, leaving Luttrell alone, wounded and on the run from Al Qaeda assassins. The book also chronicles Luttrell's career and the insanely rigorous SEAL (that's for SEa, Air and Land) training.

Ironically, Berg wrote the script a few years ago and agreed to make BATTLESHIP for Universal with the stipulation that they let him make LONE SURVIVOR immediately after. Now that SEALs have been hitting the headlines with their evil-erasing exploits, he should have plenty of studio support. The filmmaker previously visited the Middle East with the tension and gritty gunplay of THE KINGDOM.

Berg has asked his BATTLESHIP star Taylor Kitsch to stay in the Navy and play one of LONE SURVIVOR's real heroes. The project is expected to begin filming in January.

Extra Tidbit: Wonder if Berg will find a role for Michael Biehn, who's already played a Navy SEAL in three different movies?
Source: Deadline

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3:49PM on 05/18/2011

Not sure this article leads into the book properly...

The book itself shows the life/death of those that are able to serve in the navy seals. The heartbreak and struggle to even make it in.

The accounts of 'war' are one group of soldiers fight for survival in hostile territory.

This isn't Rambo, or the Expendables, this is a real account even showing how people back home suffered. And the willingness of others to rush to the rescue. The book even shows how not everyone in those mountain villages are evil, and that some will even fight
The book itself shows the life/death of those that are able to serve in the navy seals. The heartbreak and struggle to even make it in.

The accounts of 'war' are one group of soldiers fight for survival in hostile territory.

This isn't Rambo, or the Expendables, this is a real account even showing how people back home suffered. And the willingness of others to rush to the rescue. The book even shows how not everyone in those mountain villages are evil, and that some will even fight for us for the greater good.

Awesome book, and a very good read!
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1:16PM on 05/18/2011
As a Former Marine and Vet, I say this blows. FOr a second I thought they were referring to Charlie Sheen's Navy Seals movie. Imagine all the blow & pro's he did back then.
As a Former Marine and Vet, I say this blows. FOr a second I thought they were referring to Charlie Sheen's Navy Seals movie. Imagine all the blow & pro's he did back then.
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8:50AM on 05/18/2011
So wait, the only reason Peter Berg signed Battleship is so he could get this other thing made? Now I understand.
So wait, the only reason Peter Berg signed Battleship is so he could get this other thing made? Now I understand.
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4:00AM on 05/18/2011
So... US forces kill a terrorist and now everyone's in the mood for blood-lust war movies? How about anti-war anyone? Anyone?
So... US forces kill a terrorist and now everyone's in the mood for blood-lust war movies? How about anti-war anyone? Anyone?
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8:54AM on 05/18/2011
If it's actually good, then yeah. But for every "Platoon" there are a hundred more bad movies claiming to be anti-war.
If it's actually good, then yeah. But for every "Platoon" there are a hundred more bad movies claiming to be anti-war.
3:14PM on 05/18/2011
I wouldn't call Lone Survivor a 'blood lust war movie.' Luttrell is a pretty gung ho guy, but the story itself is almost pure tragedy. Heroism amidst a Black Hawk Down-scale disaster in the middle of an incompetently lead war.
I wouldn't call Lone Survivor a 'blood lust war movie.' Luttrell is a pretty gung ho guy, but the story itself is almost pure tragedy. Heroism amidst a Black Hawk Down-scale disaster in the middle of an incompetently lead war.
2:50AM on 05/18/2011

HELL YES

I love Peter Berg and definitely think a Navy Seals movie with him behind the camera could end up being great!
I love Peter Berg and definitely think a Navy Seals movie with him behind the camera could end up being great!
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2:03AM on 05/18/2011

Solid choice

Kitsch would be good as either Luttrell or Lt. Michael Murphy, the fallen SEAL who received the Medal of Honor after putting himself in harm's way to call for help on a cell phone (literally.)

Side Note: Day after Osama got got Berg's 'The Kingdom' was on. Worth a second look as a satisfying 'America, Fuck Yeah!' movie. And hey, it has Jennifer Garner biting a big terrorist's ear off.
Kitsch would be good as either Luttrell or Lt. Michael Murphy, the fallen SEAL who received the Medal of Honor after putting himself in harm's way to call for help on a cell phone (literally.)

Side Note: Day after Osama got got Berg's 'The Kingdom' was on. Worth a second look as a satisfying 'America, Fuck Yeah!' movie. And hey, it has Jennifer Garner biting a big terrorist's ear off.
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12:24AM on 05/18/2011
I've been waiting for this movie to happen. The book is pretty damn good and I'm all for Kitsch in the lead. Good news.
I've been waiting for this movie to happen. The book is pretty damn good and I'm all for Kitsch in the lead. Good news.
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