– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Regardless of what you think of Michael Bay and his movies, it’s an event when a trailer for one of his pictures drops, and this one is no exception. But the movie this time around is no “Transformers” flick, but a hard-hitting war thriller called “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi,” which is based on the book “13 Hours: A Firsthand Account of What Really Happened In Benghazi.”

While the film itself has no official synopsis to speak of, the synopsis of the book is as follows (via Amazon):

“’13 HOURS’ presents, for the first time ever, the true account of the events of September 11, 2012, when terrorists attacked the US State Department Special Mission Compound and a nearby CIA station called the Annex in Benghazi, Libya. A team of six American security operators fought to repel the attackers and protect the Americans stationed there. Those men went beyond the call of duty, performing extraordinary acts of courage and heroism, to avert tragedy on a much larger scale. This is their personal account, never before told, of what happened during the thirteen hours of that now-infamous attack.”

Paramount Pictures has seen fit to release the inaugural trailer for this bad boy in not one, but two versions (one green band, one red band). Check them out below!

Green Band:

Red Band: 

The film stars Pablo Schreiber, who most will recognize as George “Pornstache” Mendez from “Orange is the New Black,” along with John Krasinski, who played Jim Halpert from the long-running series “The Office.” These two will play the lead Navy SEALs.

Writing the flick, we have author Chuck Hogan in his first screenplay writing credit. While this may be his first time as a scribe for a movie, the man is no amateur to storytelling. On top of having written “The Strain” novel series alongside Guillermo del Toro (which has since been turned into an FX original series), he also wrote the novel “Prince of Thieves.” You may not recognize the name of the novel, but in 2010, it was adapted into the stellar Ben Affleck crime drama “The Town.”

While I’m by no means a huge fan of Michael Bay’s recent films, the man knows how to direct action. Put him together with a talented writer like Chuck Hogan, and we could be in for one heck of a movie. Of course, this is assuming Hogan is on his A game for this movie. This is, after all, his first screenplay credit, and the novel and film medium are quite different beasts.

Another potential obstacle could also be Bay himself. While we have no way of knowing what his actual process, given Bay’s track record for lackluster, bloated films, one has to wonder how much power he utilizes when it comes to script revisions. Is he the type to demand constant changes, does he make changes himself, or does he shoot the scripts as they are written? If it’s the latter, we could end potentially up with a surprisingly good movie.

Are you looking forward to Michael Bay’s new flick, or have the “Transformers” movies left too bad a taste in your mouth? Let us know in the comments down below!

Sources: Paramount Pictures (1), (2), Amazon

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.