Blockbuster director Michael Bay will bring his considerable knowledge of international affairs, Libyan political dynamics, extremist ideology, real-life narrative, and pyrotechnics to a political dramatic thriller about the 2012 attacks in Benghazi.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Bay "is in negotiations to direct 13 Hours," based on a book about the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that left two State Department officials and two security contractors dead and launched a host of conservative anti-Obama, anti-Clinton conspiracy theories.
The Bayghazi project, which is being produced by Universal, will focus "on six members of a security team that valiantly fought to defend the many Americans stationed there," according to the Reporter.
Bay is best-known as the soul of tact, subtlety, and sensitivity who brought real nuance to the complications of urban policing in Bad Boys and Bad Boys II, and whose Transformers: Age of Extinction grossed more than $1 billion while teaching humanity that there truly is more than meets the eye to the mechanized Other from a cold alien world.
It's unclear whether the movie will dwell on the political intrigues surrounding Benghazi, but Bay may be uniquely positioned to sympathize with Barack Obama, who was decisively reelected in the wake of the attack and amid innumerable aspersions on his character by critics. "Actors have called Michael Bay an asshole, a cocksucker, a Nazi—often to his face—and then swiftly signed up for the sequel," according to Bay's website, MichaelBay.com.
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