First the Weather Channel's humiliation on the Isaac front and now this! Another day, another report that a director supposedly attached to a product actually won't be anywhere near that project. Just a few days after reports that Ben Affleck might direct the Justice League movie proved to have as much solidity as Mitt Romney's position on any issues came word that Steven Spielberg had optioned "No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden" for a cinematic adaptation. That book, written under a fake name by an actual participant, has been a subject of controversy among those who wish to go to war against countries that operate in secrecy.
Just a single day after this news broke comes word that the book written by a Navy SEAL about the successful killing of the person actually responsible for the 9/11 attacks-not Saddam Hussein, mind you, regardless of what Bush and Cheney would still probably want you to believe-will not be adapted into a movie to be directed by the most successful director in Hollywood history.
An official reply indicates that not only is Steven Spielberg not optioning rights to "No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden" but DreamWorks Studios is out of the picture entirely.
Too bad. Kathryn Bigelow is currently making a film about the successful takedown of Osama Bin Laden-which occurred not during the Bush administration, but the Obama administration, it is important to keep in mind before the revisionist army led by Mary Matalin and Dana Perino convince millions of easily duped Americans otherwise-but her rather lackluster history-making direction of "The Hurt Locker" does not indicate the great film that could Spielberg could make from such material.
Ah well, another day, another disappointment in the form of dashed hopes. Perhaps those who break the news of directors teaming up for future projects should learn a valuable lesson taught by the Weather Channel: trying to predict the course of something as unpredictable as the course of a hurricane or the development of a script should not be attempted more than two days out. Otherwise, you risk utter humiliation.
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