Michael Bay to Produce, May Direct Secret Nazi Nuke Drama 'Sabotage'
by Ethan Anderton
October 11, 2013
Just yesterday we learned that Transformers director Michael Bay would like to enter the horror genre as a director, and now we have word on a new project that he's producing, with an eye towards potentially directing sometime in the future. The Wrap reports that Paramount Pictures has just won a bidding war for the rights to a non-fiction book proposal from Neal Bascomb called Sabotage. Right now the idea is for Bay to produce the project and develop it to potentially direct if all the pieces fit together. If you need your interest piqued, the full title of the proposal is Sabotage: A Genius Scientist, His Band of Young Commandos, and the Mission to Kill Hitler’s Super Bomb. But it's not a story that hasn't been told before.
The story within this proposal actually served as the basis of an obscure feature film from 50 years ago, but this new take supposedly dives deeper into the details of the World War II tale. Here's a much more detailed synopsis of the book proposal:
Set in 1942, the story follows a brilliant scientist who flees the Gestapo to inform the Allies that the Nazis are secretly developing a nuclear program at an industrial fortress called Vermork deep in the mountainous expanse of Norway’s Telemark region. Knowing that Hitler gaining nuclear capabilities would be unthinkably catastrophic, the Allies assemble a fearless team of nine Norwegian refugee commandos to infiltrate the Nazi-occupied country. In an apparent suicide mission, this team must brave the arctic landscape and pull off an impossibly daring assault on Vermork, which sits perched on impenetrable, icy cliffs. With little more than parachutes, skis, tommy guns, and explosives, the team is the Allies’ only hope to halt Hitler’s nuclear ambitions, and their adventure is one of WWII most thrilling, action-packed tales.
Bascomb is a best-selling author around the world, and his books like The Perfect Mile and The New Cool have already been optioned for films. It's not clear if this proposal will actually become a book anytime soon, or before the film gets off the ground, but with someone like Bay involved, there's bound to be plenty of interest to push the film forward through development. Either way, since Paramount just now picked up this project and Bay is busy working on Transformers: Age of Extinction (see the first look photo here), then we'll likely be waiting awhile before we hear about this project again. Stay tuned.