National Geographic will be premiering Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden on November 4, 2012 followed by a release on Netflix. The film is based on the manhunt and eventual discovery of the whereabouts of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, and centers on the actions of Seal Team Six as they took down the terrorist leader. Seal Team Six was directed by John Stockwell (Into the Blue, Turistas) and was picked up by the National Geographic Channel for television broadcast, although it was actually produced for a theatrical release. NGC made a preemptive bid with The Weinstein Company (TWC) Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein and now Seal Team Six will mark the first time the network’s broadcast a feature film based on real-life events.
“National Geographic Channel prides itself on giving our viewers exclusive access to truly ground- breaking moments from the past, present and future,” stated David Lyle, CEO National Geographic Channels. “Harvey’s film is a perfect match for what people expect from our network — content that is socially relevant, factually based and entertaining as hell.”
“We all know now the ultimate outcome of the President’s decision to green light the mission,” said director Stockwell. “But what was fascinating to me were all the potentially disastrous outcomes of the decision to give the go ahead to the raid that the movie highlights. It hopefully gets inside the challenges of making a decision that could have derailed a presidency.”
“I think many of us, myself included, have our own ideas of how everything unfolded that night,” added Harvey Weinstein. “This portrayal of the events that took place that night is moving to say the very least. I anticipate audiences will be as captivated as I was from the beginning to the end, and I’m extremely proud as an American citizen to play a role in making sure this stunning portrayal of very recent American history is available in as many homes as possible.”
Seal Team Six stars Cam Gigandet, Anson Mount, Freddy Rodriquez, Xzibit, Kathleen Robertson, Eddie Kay Thomas, Kenneth Miller, Robert Knepper and William Fichtner.
Watch the trailer:
“When the rumored whereabouts of Osama bin Laden are revealed, the CIA readies a team of seasoned U.S. Navy SEALs for the mission of a lifetime. Despite inconclusive evidence that bin Laden is inside the compound, and ignoring the possible ramifications of an unannounced attack on Pakistani soil, the Pentagon orders the attack. The SEAL Team bands together to complete their mission of justice.
In a riveting final showdown, the Navy SEALs storm the compound and kill America’s most hated enemy.
The events portrayed in the film were vetted by a team of experts including a recently retired Navy SEAL, a top CIA operative and one of the most renowned bin Laden historians. While some aspects of the characterizations have been dramatized for creative reasons, the core story is an accurate portrayal of an event that ended the longest manhunt in American history.”
Source: National Geographic
—Posted by Rebecca Murray