Steven Spielberg Shoots Down Bin Laden Movie Report

6:59 PM PST 08/27/2012 by Gregg Kilday
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The director-producer's spokesman denies that DreamWorks is in talks to make a film adaptation of "No Easy Day," written by a former Navy SEAL.

Neither Steven Spielberg nor his DreamWorks production company plans to option No Easy Day, the new book about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden written by one of the Navy SEALs who took part in the attack.

No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama bin Laden, which is being published Sept. 11 by Dutton, is credited to a pseudonymous author, Mark Owen, though Fox News has named as the author a 36-year-old former SEAL named Matt Bissonette.

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On Monday, the New York Post’s Page Six reported that the author “is in talks with Steven Spielberg to turn the book into an action movie.”

But according to Spielberg spokesman Marvin Levy, “Neither Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks Studios or DreamWorks Television will be optioning Mark Owen's book, No Easy Day.”

Several other hunt-for-bin-Laden movies are already in the works. Sony Pictures will release Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty, written by her Hurt Locker collaborator Mark Boal and starring Jessica Chastain, on Dec. 19.

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The Weinstein Co. has acquired rights to John Stockwell’s Code Name: Geronimo, which also concerns the hunt for the al-Qaida leader, though it hasn’t announced a release date.

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