Just a year and a half after President Obama ordered the raid that ended the longest manhunt in American history and took down al-Qaeda's notorious leader, Americans can now see for the first time in a full-length feature film how it all went down in Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden.
Directed by John Stockwell, the film will exclusively world premiere on the National Geographic Channel (NGC) on Sunday, November 4. This follows the discussion between NGC President Howard T. Owens and The Weinstein Company (TWC) Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein about the insight the film is sure to evoke in all Americans about what was an extremely pivotal moment in American history.
Produced for a theatrical release by the Academy Award-winning producer of The Hurt Locker, Nicolas Chartier, the film received a preemptive bid for release on NGC. The film, distributed by TWC, marks NGC's first broadcast of a feature film inspired by real-life events.
Twenty-four hours after the November 4 world premiere on the National Geographic Channel, the film will be available for viewing by Netflix members in the United States as part of an unprecedented multi-platform release.
Here's what National Geographic Channels CEO David Lyle had to say about their acquisition.
Director John Stockwell also revealed that this movie shows the challenging aspects President Barack Obama's decision.
Producer Nicolas Chartier also spoke about the innovative multi-platform release on Netflix.
Harvey Weinstein also released a statement regarding the importance of this film.
National Geographic Channels president Howard T. Owens also talked about the channel's first scripted endeavor.
Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos also chimed in about bringing this action-thriller to his subscribers.
When the rumored whereabouts of Osama Bin Laden are revealed, the CIA readies a team of seasoned U.S. Navy SEALs for the mission of a lifetime. Despite inconclusive evidence that bin Laden is inside the compound, and ignoring the possible ramifications of an unannounced attack on Pakistani soil, the Pentagon orders the attack. The SEAL Team bands together to complete their mission of justice.
In a riveting final showdown, the Navy SEALs storm the compound and kill America's most hated enemy. From The Weinstein Company and John Stockwell, the director of Into the Blue, Turistas and Crazy/Beautiful, the film stars Cam Gigandet, Anson Mount, Freddy Rodríguez, Xzibit, Kathleen Robertson, Eddie Kaye Thomas and Kenneth Miller, with Robert Knepper and William Fichtner.
The events portrayed in the film were vetted by a team of experts including a recently retired Navy SEAL, a top CIA operative and one of the most renowned bin Laden historians. While some aspects of the characterizations have been dramatized for creative reasons, the core story is an accurate portrayal of an event that ended the longest manhunt in American history.
Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden, premiering on Sunday, November 4 on NGC, marks the network's continued expansion of its programming vision, including the recently announced Tom Hanks narration of Killing Lincoln, the Scott Free Production of Bill O'Reilly's best-selling book, which premieres on the network early next year.
Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden was released November 4th, 2012 and stars Cam Gigandet, Anson Mount, Freddy Rodríguez, Xzibit, Kenneth Miller, Kathleen Robertson, William Fichtner, Mo Gallini. The film is directed by John Stockwell.