Variety reports that Universal has purchased the rights to Lone Survivor and that the project will be directed by Peter Berg.
Several producers were vying for the tome, published by Little, Brown in June after Luttrell exited the service. Attorney Alan U. Schwartz of Greenberg Traurig, who helped Luttrell find a publisher for his account, arranged for the former soldier to meet with potential writers and producers for the film version of his story.
Luttrell bonded with Berg, who had used Navy Seals in the making of upcoming Universal release "The Kingdom," paving the way for U to buy the tome and underlying life rights for Berg's Film 44 shingle, Akiva Goldsman's Weed Road Prods. and Barry Spikings' Spikings Entertainment.
Let's hope that Berg does this project right and not as some lame-assed Hollywood all-war-is-wrong-and-let's-blame-Bush-and-use-less-tiolet-paper-to-combat-global-warming vehicle. I trust that Luttrell demanded creative input so that Tom Cruise and Tim Robbins don't end up playing heroes like Danny Dietz and Matthew Axelson.
No word on when to expect the film.
On a related note, it seems that martial arts fans will soon to get to see a remake of Bruce Lee's 'Enter the Dragon'. Maybe Chuck Norris can be talked into making an appearance.
And on the topic of movies, Steven Seagal recently said that he blames the FBI for ruining his careeer. Um, did he not see his last four or five movies? Yikes.