Just five months after his big-budget tentpole Transformers: Age of Extinction hit theaters, director Michael Bay is tackling the political drama genre, entering talks to direct 13 Hours for Paramount.
The plot is based on Mitchell Zuckoff's book of the same name, which details the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack at the U.S. State Department Special Mission Compound in Benghai, Libya, which claimed the life of U.S. Ambassador Christopher J. Stevens. The story centers on six members of a security team, who fought to defend the lives of several Americans stationed at the facility. Stevens and a foreign service worker were killed during one attack, and two contract workers also died during a second attack at a nearby CIA facility.
The project brings Michael Bay back to Paramount, where he not only made this summer's Transformers: Age of Extinction, which cost over $200 million to produce, but also one of his passion projects, last year's Pain & Gain, which cost just $26 million to produce. Sources claim that 13 Hours will be budgeted between $30 million and $40 million.