Osama Bin Laden TV Movie Recut to More Prominently Feature President Obama
It’s expected that speeches from President Obama will be all over TV in the days before the election, but he'll also be playing a larger role in a television movie airing on Nov. 4, just two days before the presidential election.
Harvey Weinstein, a longtime Obama supporter, bought U.S. rights to SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden in May and recently recut the film to boost Obama's presence by adding more archival footage of the president. The news was first reported in the New York Times.
Nicolas Chartier's Voltage Pictures fully produced and financed the movie, which is directed by John Stockwell and chronicles the story of how the CIA and Navy SEALS tracked down Osama bin Laden and killed the infamous terrorist. The Voltage version also prominently featured the president, sources tell THR.
Weinstein's decision to bolster the president’s presence will likely invite further criticism that the project is politically motivated.
Seal Team Six: The Raid On Osama Bin Laden premieres Nov. 4 at 8 p.m. ET on National Geographic Channel. The next day, it will stream on Netflix.
Chartier also produced Kathryn Bigelow's Oscar-winning The Hurt Locker, written by Mark Boal. Bigelow and Boal have their own Osama bin Laden pic, Zero Dark Thirty, which Sony decided to open in December, after the president election.