Universal, Lorne Michaels In Movie Deal For ‘The Operator’, Story Of Navy Seal Who Killed Bin Laden; Michael Russell Gunn Scripts Rob O’Neill’s Story

Exclusive: Universal Pictures and Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video have purchased feature rights to The Operator: Firing the Shots That Killed Osama Bin Laden and My Years as a Seal Team Warrior. The film is based on the biography by former Navy Seal Rob O’Neill, who revealed in the book that he was the Seal who killed 9/11 terror attack mastermind Osama bin Laden. Writing the script is Michael Russell Gunn, who is a supervising producer on Showtime’s Billions.

Michaels is producing. O’Neill is exec producer. Kristin Lowe and Mika Pryce will oversee for Universal.

O’Neil’s bestselling book tells the story of a small-town boy from Montana who joined the Navy and found himself hunting terrorists around the globe. O’Neill retired from the Navy and now devotes himself to helping other veterans transition to civilian work. The ambitious film will span more than a decade and

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