Michael Bay Plans WWII Action Thriller Sabotage

Following word this morning that he’s interested in helming a horror film, director Michael Bay has, according to TheWrap, made plans to tackle Sabotage, a historical action thriller about the Norwegian heavy water sabotage during World War II.

Set up at Paramount Pictures, the film will be based on Neal Bascomb’s upcoming nonfiction book, “Sabotage: A Genius Scientist, His Band of Young Commandos, and the Mission to to Kill Hitler’s Super Bomb.” It tells the story of the British Special Operations Executive that trained groups of Norwegian commandos to infiltrate and destroy Norway’s Vemork Hydroelectric Plant during the time that the nation was occupied by Axis powers.

The story has previously been adapted for the screen twice. The first version, a 1948 Norwegian production, The Fight Over the Heavy Water is a quasi-documentary, that features several of the actual members of Operations Grouse and Freshman. The second, The Heroes of Telemark, was released in 1965. Directed by Anthony Mann, it stars Kirk Douglas, Richard Harris, Ulla Jacobsson and Michael Redgrave.

Bay, who is also planning on producing Sabotage, will next release his fourth (and allegedly final) Transformers sequel, Age of Extinction, on June 27, 2014.

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