Lone Survivor is a new action film starring Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch and Eric Bana. This new movie is based on the failed mission, Operation Red Wings in June 28th 2005. Lone Survivor tells the story of four SEAL members of Team 10 who were tasked with the mission to capture or kill the notorious Taliban leader, Ahmad Shahd. The covert mission ends up in an ill-fated op when the team are ambushed by the enemy forces in the Hindu Kush region. Lone Survivor will feature the courage and the survival of these heroes under difficult times. Check out the latest news below:
“The Making of Lone Survivor
Universal Pictures acquired the rights to former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell’s 2005 best-selling memoir for more than $2 million in 2007, winning a bidding war between several major studios. But it wasn’t until director Peter Berg spent two days in 2012 at the Cannes International Film Festival independently securing international buyers and pre-sales that the $20 million in capital needed to begin principal photography on “Lone Survivor” arrived.
“We put this movie on our backs and carried it up the hill,” said Sarah Aubrey, Mr. Berg’s producing partner at their production company, Film 44.
Based on the book “Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10,” the film follows Mr. Luttrell (played by Mark Wahlberg) and his Navy SEAL team (portrayed by actors Ben Foster, Taylor Kitsch and Emile Hirsch ) on a covert mission to kill an alleged terrorist leader in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan. The men are ambushed by Taliban forces and must fight their way down the mountain in an effort to survive.
As part of an effort to diversify their offerings, Comcast Corp.’s CMCSA +4.36% Universal acquired the book’s rights outright, rather than option them for a set amount of time. Although Mr. Berg wanted to make “Lone Survivor” immediately after the rights were secured, the studio, which agreed to distribute the film domestically, wanted Mr. Berg to first direct the $200 million “Battleship,” which grossed a mere $65 million domestically.
Shot over 42 days in the mountains of New Mexico, “Lone Survivor” had a production budget of roughly $30 million and lists 26 producers.
“There were no chairs, just rocks to sit on,” said Ms. Aubrey. “This was a no-frills production.”
Mr. Luttrell and several former SEALs appear in the film, and Mr. Berg said he received “tremendous cooperation” from the military. Prior to filming, Mr. Berg visited Iraq and lived with 15 SEALs on a small base in the desert for a month. “I admire our military and their character and their code of honor. I lived with SEALs and I’ve been to their funerals. This is a story the military wants told and supports,” said Mr. Berg.
Because the movie “doesn’t fill the typical mode of an action movie,” according to Randall Emmett, a “Lone Survivor” producer, he looked to five separate financiers to secure the remainder of the film’s financing.”
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Lone Survivor is written and directed by Peter Berg and is scheduled for release on January 10th 2014.
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