‘SEAL Team Six’ Producer: Accuracy Was Most Vital4 Jan, 2013 By: Chris Tribbey
Nicolas Chartier, Oscar-winning producer of The Hurt Locker, had one goal above everything else producing SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden: Get it right. There was no room for mistakes in telling this story.
“Being factual was the most important thing, out of respect for everyone involved in real life, and the story,” Chartier said. “The goal, of course, was to make a great action movie, along the lines of Hurt Locker, and this had all the elements: chess game strategy, invading a country without permission, a villain.”
The film, out Jan. 8 on DVD and Blu-ray Disc from Anchor Bay Entertainment, stars Cam Gigandet (Burlesque), Anson Mount (AMC’s “Hell on Wheels”) and Freddy Rodriguez (Grindhouse) as some of the Navy SEALs who carried out the raid, and the film mixes the action with news footage, giving SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden a documentary feel.
Chartier and co-producer Tony Mark interviewed Navy SEALs, a top CIA operative and a bin Laden historian to vet the film. Director John Stockwell (Into the Blue) did the rest, giving viewers a fast-paced, inside look into how the manhunt went down.
“Two helicopters, 40 men, get in, kill the man, get out,” Chartier said. “What if they’re captured? What if they’re killed? What if Pakistani police or army show up? That’s what we want the audience to feel.”
The film premiered on the National Geographic Channel in November and became the network’s most-watched world premiere movie of the year, earning 2.7 million viewers.
For the disc releases, Anchor Bay includes a featurette “The Making of SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden.”