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The other Bin Laden pic Codename: Geronimo gets a cast

Feb. 3, 2012by: Paul Shirey

Director John Stockwell's (INTO THE BLUE, ROCK STAR...or, best known as "Cougar" in TOP GUN) "Kill Bin Laden" film has just cast a bevy of stars to lead the charge into the compound.  Anson Mount, Cam Gigandet, Freddy Rodriguez and William Fichtner have enlisted for the pic, which began shooting last week in New Mexico.

The pic is written by Kendall Lampkin and casts Anson Mount (AMC's Hell on Wheels) as "an agile and assured member of SEAL Team Six," along with fellow team members played by Robert Knepper, Xzibit and Kenneth Miller, Gigandet, and Rodriguez. William Fichtner, Kathleen Robertson and Eddie Kaye Thomas are playing CIA officers working along with the SEAL team to track down the most notorious modern-day terrorist.

Looks like the ARMAGEDDON/DEEP IMPACT and TOMBSTONE/WYATT EARP, etc. dueling projects curse continues.  The only question is: Who will be the winner?

CODENAME: GERONIMO is the other half of the "Kill Bin Laden" projects, the other being Kathryn Bigelow's now "repurposed" flick, with THE HURT LOCKER's Mark Boal implementing the actual death of the terrorist leader into the script.  Some may view Bigelow's pic as having the edge, but I don't see it that way at all. In terms of accuracy, she leaves a lot to be desired, which rests heavily on screenwriter Mark Boal, whose research on THE HURT LOCKER was vastly insufficient and effectively inconsistent with reality.  Some can easily dismiss this and "accept it for what it is," while others (especially those who have been to war, like myself) cannot.

I think Bigelow is a stronger director than Stockwell, but I think the true judgment will come down to accuracy of not only the actual events, but of the military details (also, the overall entertainment value).   THE HURT LOCKER is one of the greatest offenders of that (and it won an Oscar!  For Best Picture!), so for me, it has no edge over Stockwell's effort.  It's all a waiting game at this point and when the time comes, I'll take the Pepsi challenge on both films. 

There's no set release date for CODENAME: GERONIMO yet as it's currently filming, but look for more details as it progresses through production.

Extra Tidbit: Check out this supercool comic book "re-enactment" of the Bin Laden raid from GQ, written by Marvel Comic's Matt Fraction (Fear Itself, Invincible Iron Man) and some sweet art by Nathan Fox.
Source: Variety

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9:04AM on 02/03/2012
I'm just overall not that interested in a dramatization of the events. The man is dead and that's enough for me.
I'm just overall not that interested in a dramatization of the events. The man is dead and that's enough for me.
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10:21AM on 02/03/2012

Bigelow's Version

While I would agree with you Paul on the "actual events" comment - the fact that there's an actual investigation into seeing if she was given confidential info from the CIA in regards to her script...I think she might have those events pretty much nailed down. ;)
While I would agree with you Paul on the "actual events" comment - the fact that there's an actual investigation into seeing if she was given confidential info from the CIA in regards to her script...I think she might have those events pretty much nailed down. ;)
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4:18PM on 02/03/2012
There's a lot of information floating around out there. Chuck Pfarrer (a former SEAL himself...and the homeless guy in Van Damme's HARD TARGET) just wrote a book about the whole thing after interviewing the SEALS that conducted the operation. So, the information is out on book shelves.

I have no doubt whatsoever that the CIA has some interesting classified intel, but it's doubtful it's going to be anything too new.

I'm more concerned about an inaccurate portrayal of SEALS than
There's a lot of information floating around out there. Chuck Pfarrer (a former SEAL himself...and the homeless guy in Van Damme's HARD TARGET) just wrote a book about the whole thing after interviewing the SEALS that conducted the operation. So, the information is out on book shelves.

I have no doubt whatsoever that the CIA has some interesting classified intel, but it's doubtful it's going to be anything too new.

I'm more concerned about an inaccurate portrayal of SEALS than anything else, just as they botched the representation of EOD personnel in The Hurt Locker.

In the end, like you, I just want a good movie. Let's hope we get at least one.
5:00PM on 02/03/2012
See your point Paul and agree entirely.
See your point Paul and agree entirely.
4:20AM on 02/03/2012
Hahahahaha!
Hahahahaha!
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12:54AM on 02/05/2012

Cam "God" Gigandet

I hope Cam plays the lead and has lots of screen time.
Cam Gigandet is:
beyond words
beyond belief
beyond comparison
beyond perfection
beyond human
I hope Cam plays the lead and has lots of screen time.
Cam Gigandet is:
beyond words
beyond belief
beyond comparison
beyond perfection
beyond human
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1:35PM on 02/03/2012

*groan*

I'd personally prefer a documentary than an over-dramatisation fuckbag of actual events.
I feel like this is going to be an episode of 24 meets The Unit; rapid fire intel-lingo conversations (Aaron Sorkin style) with a heavy dose of military-gear fetish (Michael Bay style)
I'd personally prefer a documentary than an over-dramatisation fuckbag of actual events.
I feel like this is going to be an episode of 24 meets The Unit; rapid fire intel-lingo conversations (Aaron Sorkin style) with a heavy dose of military-gear fetish (Michael Bay style)
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1:40AM on 02/04/2012
What was so factually inaccurate about The Hurt Locker?
What was so factually inaccurate about The Hurt Locker?
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4:22PM on 02/03/2012

William Fichtner = sold

otherwise, meh.

btw where's Jeremy Renner? He's not in this movie?? But it's a new movie, where is he??!
otherwise, meh.

btw where's Jeremy Renner? He's not in this movie?? But it's a new movie, where is he??!
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8:28AM on 02/03/2012

That Cam G dude...

I often say Channing Tatum is the least appealing actor in Hollywood... this guy is like a poor man's Channing Tatum, so what does that say about him? That is just a weird cast altogether. I dont even mind Xzibit as a bit player, and Fichtner is always awesome. Knepper is a solid actor too. I'm already writing Finch off in this, he doesn't fit in at all, regardless of whatever kind of character he's playing.

oh and before anyone mentions the Bigelow movie, there's no reason to be excited
I often say Channing Tatum is the least appealing actor in Hollywood... this guy is like a poor man's Channing Tatum, so what does that say about him? That is just a weird cast altogether. I dont even mind Xzibit as a bit player, and Fichtner is always awesome. Knepper is a solid actor too. I'm already writing Finch off in this, he doesn't fit in at all, regardless of whatever kind of character he's playing.

oh and before anyone mentions the Bigelow movie, there's no reason to be excited about that one either just because she directed one super overrated snoozefest that won best picture.
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