It was only a matter of time before a film that depicts the operation that resulted in the death of Osama Bin Laden would hit the silver screen. However when production started on a Mark Boal and Kathryn Bigelow Bin Laden film, one that was scheduled for release just before this week’s election, political waves were made. That film, Zero Dark Thirty, has been since moved to a January 2013 release date.
So in comes The Weinsten Company and National Geographic with their own film about the events that occurred on May 2, 2011.
Their film, Seal Team Six, will debut on the National Geographic Channel tonight at 8 PM, two days before the Presidential Election.
I attended a premiere screening of the film at the Newseum where I met director John Stockwell who assured me that politics did not play in the making of this film.
“Honestly nobody was thinking about the politics,” Stockwell told me on the red carpet, “[Producer Nicolas Chartier] is French- he doesn’t vote, doesn’t care- just wanted to make a kick-ass action movie… our screenwriter is a registered Republican.. the political fallout has all been unexpected.”