National Geographic Channel will release "Seal Team Six," its own dramatization of the top-secret military operation to kill Osama bin Laden, on Nov. 4, just two days ahead of the U.S. presidential election.
The film, distributed by the Weinstein Company, tracks the elite Navy SEAL team from the discovery of bin Laden's whereabouts to the moment commandos stormed his Pakistani compound and killed him.
"Seal Team Six" was originally slated to premiere in theaters as "Code Name: Geronimo" before it was picked up by National Geographic — likely pushed out by the controversial December release of "Zero Dark Thirty," the first film by Kathryn Bigelow since her Academy Award-winning, "The Hurt Locker."
While "The Hurt Locker" producers Bigelow, Greg Shapiro and Mark Boal are on the creative team for "Zero Dark Thirty." Nicholas Chartier, the fourth producer on the Oscar-winning Iraq War thriller, produced "Seal Team Six."
The cast for "Seal Team Six" includes William Fichtner of "Prison Break" and Eddie Kaye from "American Pie" as CIA operatives, and Cam Gigandet of "Twilight," "Hell on Wheels" star Anson Mount and rapper Xzibit as members of the SEAL team helicoptered into the compound for the night-time mission after bin Laden.