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Michael Bay to Lovingly (and Accurately) Depict WWII Heroes in ‘Sabotage’

He may be hard at work on Transformers: Age of Extinction and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but we still stay awake through the night, eagerly anticipating what upcoming projects Michael Bay might infuse with his fireballs-and-toilet-humor style. Now we know: the next film from Bay will be Sabotage, a World War II thriller (and a true story) about nine Norwegian commandos who fought their way through Nazi-occupied Norway to keep Hitler from unlocking the secrets of the nuclear bomb.

Based off a book proposal from author Neal Bascomb entitled Sabotage: A Genius Scientist, His Band of Young Commandos, and the Mission to Kill Hitler’s Super Bomb” (in seeing the title in its entirety, it’s now readily apparent why the man behind Transformers signed on), Bay’s only attached as a producer for now. But according to The Wrap, he may “develop the project as a potential directing vehicle.”

To add a peculiar twist, Paramount is “keeping plot details under wraps for now.” This seems odd, considering that Sabotage is based off a true story, and that this true story has been made into film two times previously- the Norwegian Kampen om tungtvannet in 1948 and the American The Heroes of Telemark in 1965. Maybe Bay, having done the straight-ahead WWII thing previously in Pearl Harbor, is going to be sprucing up the story with a nuclear-powered Hitlerbot or two.

Adam Bellotto is a freelancer writer from Virginia who moved to California because movies are super neat. His work can also be read at Perihelion Science Fiction and Starpulse, among other places.

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