Steven Spielberg will not make a movie about the killing of Osama bin Laden based on an upcoming book, according to his spokesman Marvin Levy, who on Monday rebutted a report to that effect published over the weekend by the New York Post.
According to the Post’s Page Six, the director and DreamWorks have been talking with the author of “No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama bin Laden” about adapting it for the big screen. The author of the book is retired SEAL Matt Bissonnette, who had been using the pseudonym Mark Owen until Fox News recently revealed his identity.
The Post cites multiple unnamed sources vouching for the talks between DreamWorks and Spielberg, but the denial is unequivocal.
"Neither Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks Studios or DreamWorks Television will be optioning Mark Owen’s book 'No Easy Day.'"
Bissonnette (Owen) was reportedly a member of the team that took down bin Laden last May, and the book, which will be published on Sept. 11, promises great detail about the mission to take down the perpetrator of numerous deadly terrorists act. The hunt for bin Laden is already the subject of a pair of other films due for release this year – Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty” and John Stockwell’s “Code Name Geronimo.”
As for Spielberg, his schedule is set for the moment.
“Lincoln,” a biopic of the 16th president that Spielberg directed, debuts this November, and the Hollywood legend already has his next project lined up –“Robopocaylpse.” On top of those directing duties, he is producing a number of other film and television projects.