'Act of Valor' SEALs Movie Lands at Perfect Time, After bin Laden Death

Monday, 13 Jun 2011 02:00 PM

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Relativity Media will reach the beachhead first with a movie about the Navy SEALs — and featuring active-duty members of the elite force — beating another project to the punch with rights to a film that had been in the making for two years before a SEALs team killed Osama bin Laden last month.

SEALs, relativity, film“Act of Valor,” targeted for release in 2012, stars Roselyn Sanchez of “Rush Hour 2” and Emilio Rivera of “Traffic,” Beverly Hills, Calif.,-based Relativity announced Sunday, describing the Bandito Brothers’ production as a “groundbreaking film” and “an intense action-thriller.”

The movie will be “truly one-of-a-kind — ripped from today’s headline-making heroic missions, an incredibly crafted film featuring active-duty Navy SEALs, in a remarkable and fast-paced story that will give audiences an authentic inside glimpse and make them proud of America’s finest,” said Tucker Tooley, Relativity’s worldwide production president.

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“Act of Valor” will follow a SEALs squad on a covert mission to recover a kidnapped CIA agent, during which it also foils a complex web of terrorist cells determined to strike America at all costs.

“The filmmakers had unprecedented Naval access resulting in high-octane combat sequences and never-before-seen military operation scenes which are composited from actual events in the lives of the men appearing in the film and their comrades,” Relativity says.

Kurt Johnstad, who wrote the “300” film chronicling the sacrificial deaths of 300 Spartans at the Battle of Thermopylae, wrote “Act of Valor,” and directors are former stuntmen and documentary filmmakers Mike “Mouse” McCoy (Dust to Glory) and Scott Waugh (Step Into Liquid).
“The world has always had deep admiration for these men who continually risk their lives to protect our freedom," Waugh said.
"To witness their incredible brotherhood and to tell their actual stories was inspirational and such a privilege,” McCoy said.

Last month, Columbia Pictures announced that it had hired “The Hurt Locker” Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal to make a film about the SEALs.

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