Michael Bay Eyes Benghazi Pic ‘13 Hours’ for Paramount

Michael Bay Eyes Benghazi Pic ‘13

After making it clear he will not be directing the next “Transformers” pic, Michael Bay may have found a project that doesn’t involve larger-than-life robots.

Sources tell Variety that Bay is in early talks to direct Paramount’s “13 Hours,” which is based on the true story recounting the attack on the U.S. Special Mission Compound and a nearby CIA Annex in Benghazi, Libya, on the 11th anniversary of Sept. 11.

Chuck Hogan penned the script based on Mitchell Zuckoff’s book “Thirteen Hours: A Firsthand Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi,” to which Paramount acquired rights in February before it was published. Erwin Stoff produces through 3 Arts Entertainment’s production shingle.

Bay said in August that while the next “Transformers” is already dated, he would not be returning to direct, and while this film will not feature the same elements, it still fits into his wheelhouse of action-heavy material and could bear similarities to Ridley Scott’s “Black Hawk Down” or even Bay’s own hostage pic “The Rock.”

Even though the project isn’t another big-budget tentpole, Paramount is still happy to stay in business with one of its most popular on-the-lot talents.

Bay is repped by WME.

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  1. Andrew Randell says:

    Well, Look at it this way: If Michael Bay makes such sucky movies, then won’t Transformers 5 automatically be a much better movie? Just keep Brett Ratner away from it!

  2. mattinacan says:

    The good thing about Bay directing transformers films, is that he was busy not destroying other films. Maybe after he blows it with 13 hours he will retire, he can’t handle this movie it should be directed by Katheryn Bigelow or Paul Greengrass or something. Bay sucks.

  3. John Shea says:

    Giant robots really attacked Benghazi. It was all covered up.

  4. Julienne says:

    Bay’s one of the only Conservative Republican Directors, that Hollywood doesn’t shun…because he makes them Billions every year. Hypocrisy at it’s finest.

  5. Sercan says:

    Why All serious directors want to do comedy.

  6. harry georgatos says:

    Pearl Harbour was supposed to be his serious WW2 history movie but ended up as a cartoon.

  7. Michael Anthony says:

    I think before you comment, you should read the source material. Besides, this article is about a director and a film. Save your histronics for the Fox News comment pages.

  8. Kenmandu says:

    All serious directors want to do comedy…

  9. Kenmandu says:

    With Mitch McConnel plays Aziz-Aziz. Rush Limbaugh as Captain Stupid. And Rand Paul as Biff the Wonder Shark.

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