Steven Spielberg meets with Ex-Navy SEAL who wrote inside account of Osama bin Laden raid to discuss film rights to his story
A former Navy SEAL's book with his first-hand account of the Osama bin Laden raid hasn't even hit stores yet, but Hollywood is already knocking at his door.
It was revealed on Sunday that director Steven Spielberg met with the retired commando to discuss making a movie about his experience.
At least two other movie-makers have also met with the Navy SEAL to talk about licensing the story.
The author of 'No East Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama bin Laden' is already risking his life and a jail term by publishing the book.
However, it could come with a big pay-off, the New York Post reports.
In addition to Spielberg, who directed 'War Horse' and 'Saving Private Ryan,' Dreamworks and HBO’s Richard Plepler have met with the author.
'He is still talking to DreamWorks and Spielberg,' a source told the Post.
This would be the third movie to tell the story of the raid that killed the mastermind of the September 11 terrorist attacks.
'Zero Dark Thirty,' directed by Oscar-winner Kathryn Bigelow will open December 19. Sony pushed back its opening to after the presidential election after it was revealed Bigelow was granted special access to the Pentagon and the CIA to make the movie.
The Weinstein Company has suggested it could release its own film about the May 2011 commando raid in Pakistan, 'Code Name Geronimo' before the election.
The Navy SEAL's story is already stirring controversy.
An official al Qaeda website on Friday posted a photograph and the name of the former Navy commando responsible for the book, calling him 'the dog who murdered the martyr Sheikh Osama bin Laden.'
Meanwhile the head of U.S. Special Operations Command told current and former troops that the military would take legal action against anyone found to have exposed sensitive information that could cause harm to fellow forces.
'We will pursue every option available to hold members accountable, including criminal prosecution where appropriate,' Admiral Bill McRaven wrote in an open, unclassified letter emailed to the active-duty special operations community.
'As current or former members of our special operations community, authors have a moral obligation, and a legal duty, to submit their works for pre-publication security review,' the admiral wrote.
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