Film on bin Laden raid set to air

2012-10-05 13:03
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Los Angeles - A film dramatising the death of Osama bin Laden is set to debut next month on the National Geographic Channel, two days before the US presidential election.

"Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden," from The Weinstein Company and Voltage Pictures, will air on Sunday, 4 November, the channel said on Thursday. President Barack Obama faces Republican challenger Mitt Romney at the polls two days later.

Weinstein co-chairperson Harvey Weinstein is a prominent fundraiser for Obama's re-election campaign, which has touted bin Laden's death as an example of the president's leadership.

National Geographic Channel chose the film's debut date to help promote the start of its fall season, channel President Howard T Owens said on Thursday.

"Harvey obviously doesn't schedule our network," Owens said. He added that the channel is "not political. We are opportunistic from a programming perspective".

National Geographic Channel did take into account Weinstein's desire to get out ahead of a competitive movie about the US Navy SEALs' hunt for the al-Qaeda leader, Owens said.

"Zero Dark Thirty," from director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal, who won Oscars for "The Hurt Locker", is scheduled to be released in theatres at the end of the year.

Longest manhunt in American history

"Seal Team Six," directed by John Stockwell ("Into the Blue"), also was intended for a big-screen release until the channel made what it called a "pre-emptive bid" for it. The film will be available to Netflix US subscribers a day after its premiere.

Owens said he and Weinstein have a previous business relationship: Owens represented Miramax Television while working at the William Morris Agency.

"Seal Team Six," whose cast includes Cam Gigandet, Anson Mount, Freddy Rodriquez and Xzibit, is the channel's first original film drawn from real events and is part of a programming expansion that includes the recently announced "Killing Lincoln", based on Bill O'Reilly's best-selling book.

The depiction of the bin Laden raid in Pakistan was vetted by experts that included a recently retired Navy SEAL and a bin Laden historian, the channel said.

"While some aspects of the characterisations have been dramatised for creative reasons, the core story is an accurate portrayal of an event that ended the longest manhunt in American history," according to a news release from the channel.

- AP

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