When it was announced back in May that Osama bin Laden had been killed by a team of U.S. Navy SEALs, it kickstarted a Hollywood race to get the story up on the big screen. Kathryn Bigelow had already been in pre-production on a movie called Kill Bin Laden based on a previous failed attempt to assassinate the fugitive, but there was speculation that The Hurt Locker writer Mark Boal might retool the script to fit the most recent events. If that is the case, they better hurry up, because now it appears that they will also have direct competition from Voltage Pictures, who have just hired director John Stockwell (Into the Blue) to helm a movie called Code Name Geronimo. This one will definitely be based on the true story of SEAL Team 6 and their mission to infiltrate bin Laden’s compound.
According to Variety, the movie will be told from the point of view of a small team of Navy SEALs and “takes a look inside their lives as tensions rise between them until they learn the identity of their latest target, whose code name is Geronimo.” There’s no mention of whether or not it will be based on any specific source material, but there is a similarly-titled graphic novel published by IDW called Code Word: Geronimo. The script was written by newcomer Kendall Lampkin.
I don’t know if there is much hope for this film to be anything other than a cheap cash grab, as John Stockwell’s resume is filled with mediocre fluff like Blue Crush, Into the Blue, Crazy/Beautiful, Turistas and, most recently, the upcoming Halle Berry thriller Dark Tide. This does not seem like a guy that you want in charge of directing a potentially controversial true story. What are the odds they decide to cast actual Navy SEALs, just like the upcoming film Act of Valor? Either way, I’m certainly curious to see what comes of this, I just hope that Kathryn Bigelow gets her chance to tell the story as well. Are you interested in Code Name Geronimo?