Nat Geo scores Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden, Nov. 4

A film dramatizing the death of Osama bin Laden will debut next month on the National Geographic Channel, two days before the presidential election.

‘‘Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden,’’ from The Weinstein Co., will air Sunday, Nov. 4, the channel said Thursday.

Just a year and a half after President Obama ordered the raid that ended the longest manhunt in American history and took down al-Qaeda’s notorious leader, Americans can now see for the first time in a full-length feature film how it all went down.

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Directed by John Stockwell, the film will exclusively world premiere on the National Geographic Channel (NGC) on Sunday, November 4. This follows the discussion between NGC President Howard T. Owens and The Weinstein Company (TWC) Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein about the insight the film is sure to evoke in all Americans about what was an extremely pivotal moment in American history. 

From the discovery of bin Laden's whereabouts to the final firefight at his compound, "Seal Team Six" relives the historic mission with international intrigue. The actors portraying CIA agents and Navy SEALs hunting for bin Laden include "Prison Break's" William Fichtner, who delivers a key briefing; Eddie Kaye Thomas is  cast an agent questioning the accuracy of the intelligence; and Cam Gigandet, Anson Mount, and rapper Xzibit all play members of the elite team tasked with storming the compound.

Twenty-four hours after the November 4 world premiere on the National Geographic Channel, the film will be available for viewing by Netflix members in the United States as part of an unprecedented multi-platform release.

"National Geographic Channel prides itself on giving our viewers exclusive access to truly ground-breaking moments from the past, present and future," said David Lyle, CEO National Geographic Channels. "Harvey’s film is a perfect match for what people expect from our network — content that is socially relevant, factually based and entertaining as hell."

"We all know now the ultimate outcome of the President's decision to green light the mission," said Stockwell. "But what was fascinating to me were all the potentially disastrous outcomes of the decision to give the go ahead to the raid that the movie highlights. It hopefully gets inside the challenges of making a decision that could have derailed a presidency."

"This is a story people have been waiting to witness for themselves, and we feel the combined force of the National Geographic Channel and Netflix will ensure that everyone has the chance at a glimpse inside the heroic efforts of that courageous team of SEALs,” said Chartier.

"I think many of us, myself included, have our own ideas of how everything unfolded that night," said Weinstein. "This portrayal of the events that took place that night is moving to say the very least. I anticipate audiences will be as captivated as I was from the beginning to the end, and I'm extremely proud as an American citizen to play a role in making sure this stunning portrayal of very recent American history is available in as many homes as possible."

"This amazing film is destined to have a major impact on our viewers, who will see our channel's scope widen as we host the world premiere of our first scripted project," added Owens. "Harvey Weinstein, our partner and the film world's most creative and successful visionary, understands audiences like no one else, and this joint effort will provide viewers with the first detailed, character-driven record of the War on Terror's most crucial event, and our era's defining moment."

"We are excited to bring to Netflix members a great action picture that is timely and relevant so quickly after its worldpremiere," said Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer.

When the rumored whereabouts of Osama bin Laden are revealed, the CIA readies a team of seasoned U.S. Navy SEALs for the mission of a lifetime. Despite inconclusive evidence that bin Laden is inside the compound, and ignoring the possible ramifications of an unannounced attack on Pakistani soil, the Pentagon orders the attack. The SEAL Team bands together to complete their mission of justice.

The events portrayed in the film were vetted by a team of experts including a recently retired Navy SEAL, a top CIA operative and one of the most renowned bin Laden historians. While some aspects of the characterizations have been dramatized for creative reasons, the core story is an accurate portrayal of an event that ended the longest manhunt in American history.

Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden premiering on Sunday, November 4 on NGC, marks the network’s continued expansion of its programming vision, including the recently announced Tom Hanks narration of Killing Lincoln, the Scott Free Production of Bill O’Reilly’s best-selling book, which premieres on the network early next year.

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