13 Hours Trailer

Hoping to find the same audience that made American Sniper a hit around this same time last year, Paramount Pictures is releasing 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi this weekend. And now a new international trailer has arrived, showing what director Michael Bay can do with action and drama that doesn’t have any transforming robots, but still has plenty of gunfire and explosions. Check out the new 13 Hours trailer after the jump! Read More »

Michael Bay

We’re a short week away from Michael Bay‘s Benghazi movie. The director, once again using his clout from the Transformers movies, tells a story about the dual 2012 attacks on American compounds in Libya. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, originally titled 13 Hours, should be a slight change of pace for Bay.

After the jump, watch a 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi featurette on Michael Bay’s work ethic.

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13 Hours posters

On Veterans Day, I was invited to Paramount Pictures to preview 25 minutes of footage from Michael Bay‘s new film 13 Hours, followed by a post-screening reception with Bay, producer Erwin Stiff, and the real-life heroes portrayed in the film: Mark ‘Oz’ Geist and John ‘Tig’ Tiegan. What I saw from the film was unlike any Michael Bay film I’ve seen before. Sure, the footage was everything we expect from Bay: explosive, intense and beautifully cinematic (yes, you know I’m a fan), but the tone and feel of the story was unlike his previous work: it felt more grounded, more serious. Somehow this contained story based on real-life events about an attack on an American compound in another country felt more epic than giant transforming robot aliens battling it out on Earth. If you haven’t yet, watch the trailers for the film here.

After the footage, I was honored to talk to some of the real-life heroes that the movie is based upon. I was taken aback and moved by the stories of these contractors who selflessly put themselves in danger. Tig showed me where pieces of shrapnel went through his body, leaving huge scars. Just hearing his stories made my body hurt and feel like much less of a man.

These guys acted as consultants on the film, and I want to share one story I heard that night: It was about the first meeting they had with director Michael Bay. One of them suggested to Bay that he could maybe squeeze in a T&A shot of his girlfriend getting dressed as his character leaves to go to work at the beginning of the film. Without any hesitation, Bay responded (note: I’m paraphrasing) “This isn’t the film for that.” The consultant replied, “Good, I was just testing you — I was going to walk right out that door if you agreed.” I thought that was funny, yet really telling about this story. It’s not your typical Michael Bay movie.

After the jump you can see three new posters for Michael Bay’s 13 Hours, which Paramount has given to us to premiere.

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13 Hours Red-Band Trailer

The events that occurred in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012 were a tragedy that quickly turned into a hot-button political topic. Even now, years later, the argument over what “really” happened rages on, with people loudly and angrily taking sides depending on whether they get their updates from Fox News or MSNBC. It’s a sticky mess that needs to be handled with nuance and insight. So who better to take it on than Transformers director Michael Bay?

In predictable Michael Bay fashion, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi seems to turn the situation into an excuse for handsome men to act all badass against a backdrop of pretty, expensive explosions. After all, if there’s one thing Americans of all political persuasions can agree on, it’s that we really enjoy movies about stuff blowing up. Watch the 13 Hours red-band trailer after the jump.
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13 Hours trailer

Paramount Pictures has released the first trailer for Michael Bay‘s Benghazi movie 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi. Based on the Mitchell Zuckoff‘s book about the dual 2012 attacks on American compounds in Libya, the story involves the attack which saw the loss of four American lives and created a political firestorm that continues to burn even after official inquiries have been handed down. Watch the 13 Hours trailer after the jump. Read More »

Michael Bay Benghazi Movie

Michael Bay has shot his Benghazi movie, based on the Mitchell Zuckoff‘s book about the dual 2012 attacks on American compounds in Libya that took four American lives and created a political firestorm that continues to burn even after official inquiries have been handed down. The film, formerly called simply 13 Hours, now has a longer title. It also has a release date, as Paramount will get the film into theaters in January 2016.  Read More »

Michael Bay May Direct Benghazi Movie ’13 Hours’

Michael Bay benghazi

Michael Bay is in talks to direct a Benghazi movie. The film in question is 13 Hours, based on the book 13 Hours: A Firsthand Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi by Mitchell Zuckoff. Paramount optioned that book prior to publication, and Chuck Hogan has scripted an adaptation. The deal isn’t set yet, but few things seem like such an appropriately Bizarro World choice as having Bay turn the Benghazi attacks — an awful situation regardless of politics —  into an action movie. Read More »