Peter Berg Casts Taylor Kitsch in Navy SEAL Film ‘Lone Survivor’

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:25 pm,

Taylor Kitsch is a star on the rise in Hollywood, and director Peter Berg has had a lot to do with it. The X-Men Origins: Wolverine star broke out on the popular drama Friday Night Lights, which Berg worked on as Executive Producer, and he’s currently set to make the leap to action star in Berg’s tentpole sci-fi film, Battleship. Given their good working relationship, it’s no surprise to see that Kitsch and Berg are hooking up once again.

Following the recent killing of Osama bin Laden by a Navy SEAL team, Hollywood executives are anxious to greenlight military projects – specifically those involving special ops teams. Now, Universal is pushing one by Peter Berg called Lone Survivor.

According to Deadline, the film is an adaptation of the book of the same name by Marcus Luttrell. Berg wrote the script for the film several years ago while he was embedded with a SEAL team in Iraq, but couldn’t get support for it without agreeing to direct Battleship first. Now that the killing of Osama bin Laden has re-sparked interest in military films, Universal is interested in fast-tracking the project.

Here’s Deadline‘s description of the film, which would feature Kitsch as one part of a four-person SEAL team:

“The film tells the harrowing story of how he and his Navy SEAL team members fought to stay alive after being ambushed in Afghanistan in 2005 by Taliban forces during a covert mission in the Hindu Kush mountain region, where the team went to kill a terrorist leader.”

The description of the plot sounds similar to another fact-based war movie, Ridley Scott’s Black Hawk Down. Indeed, Berg compares the movie to Black Hawk Down, but with an even smaller group of characters. In the Deadline article, Berg talks about the bin Laden factor and how he plans for the film to be “unapologetically patriotic.”

“They [Universal] leaned right into it with me. Bin Laden’s death has cleared the way for this, a movie that will be an unapologetically patriotic film that honors and pays homage to an incredible group of badass guys who do this. The film will be a bit like Black Hawk Down, but it will focus on the quartet, which is fewer guys than that film.”

Berg’s Lone Survivor, which will begin filming in January of 2012, isn’t the only SEAL movie headed to theaters. Kathryn Bigelow’s film about the operation to track and kill Osama bin Laden has also been fast-tracked for development. Bigelow’s previous “War on Terror” film, The Hurt Locker, won six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and launched actor Jeremy Renner onto the Hollywood A-list.

All things considered, which would you rather see: Berg’s film or Bigelow’s film?

Source: Deadline

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  1. And so it begins…Who wants to bet we see at least 10 Navy Seal related movies in the next few years?

  2. I’ve heard a lot about Marcus Luttrell and the ordeal he and his team went through. As long as they do this right (a big if), I am extremely exited to see an adaptation of “Lone Survivor.”

    • *excited

  3. I wonder how many of the films will actually be pro American and not cast the SEALs as victims or being betrayed by an evil US government agency?

  4. the team that berg was in iraq with was my dads team. he said berg was a moron expecting first class pampering on a c 17 globemaster. i dont think bergs a good choice to direct a seal team movie neither do the seals. hah

  5. As long as Sam Jackson’s there with an offer to join the Avengers at the end, im in!

    • What are you smoking? The Avengers would beg to join the seals.

  6. Supposed to be a damn good book. Everybody I know tells me I need to read it.

  7. I still cant believe Kat Bigelow won the best director award when it should have been Cameron.

    I thought Cameron directed a very complicated movie with a lots of cast in AVATAR compared to Hurt Locker who I thought Ive seen many time in discovery or military channel, just watching those shows reminds me of Hurt Locker? There was really nothing special to it.

    Just my thoughts.

  8. Lone Survivor has been planned for a while now…. Luttrell is supposed to be on site during the filming process so the characters and story are protrayed correctly.

  9. I think some of you are on too much drugs or something, and despite Berg being wanting to be pampered, he’s a good choice for a SEAL subject movie, look at The Kingdom, that was intense and had a great story to it..enough said!..do any of you have any idea of what it takes to get a BIG MOVIE off the ground and made in the first place?? No I didn’t think so! :)

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