Act of Valor Sequel Planned: Matt Damon to Star Opposite Real Terrorists
By Douglas Timothy
HOLLYWOOD — Act of Valor, the Pentagon-approved war movie featuring active duty Navy SEALs, has made over $56 million at the box office since its opening. Given that the budget was only $12 million , it was only a matter of time before a sequel was scheduled.
The Hollywood Reporter is confirming that Universal Studios is teaming up with production company Bandito Brothers and distributor Relativity Media for Honorable Discharge.
The catch? Instead of using active duty Navy SEALs, Honorable Discharge will feature actual terrorists captured on the field of battle. The property is so hot that A-lister Matt Damon is already attached to star, script-unseen.
Details are scarce, but a storyline has already surfaced on IMDB:
You can take a SEAL out of the military, but you can never take the military out of a SEAL. Honorable Discharge picks up right where Act of Valor left off, with real-life heroism and original filmmaking. Honorable Discharge will further push the creative limits of film, starring a group of Guantanamo Bay detainees leased out by the Pentagon to deliver a riveting tale of terrorism. When Navy SEAL Matt Damon clashes with America’s real-life enemies, the result will be pure movie magic.
Act of Valor received tepid reviews across the board, despite a warm reception from moviegoers. Asked about the planned sequel, Peter Travers of Rolling Stone seemed pleasantly surprised. “Sometimes you do get a second chance to make a good first impression,” said Travers. “The first film portrayed terrorists as one dimensional caricatures, but good writers know that every terrorist has a little SEAL in him and every SEAL has a little Islamic fundamentalist in him. Do you smell that? It smells like critical acclaim.”
Asked by The Hollywood Reporter if they would be involved with the star-studded sequel, directors Mike McCoy and Scott Waugh replied, “No.”
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