The movie will be based on Neal Bascomb's non-fiction book proposal about the historical Norwegian heavy water sabotage.
Michael Bay could revisit the World War II era in his next film. The Wrap reports the "Transformers" director is looking to produce and direct "Sabotage (2016)", a thrilling, action-packed story about a group of fearless Norwegians on a mission to infiltrate the Nazi-occupied country.
Paramount Pictures has won a bidding war to acquire rights to the non-fiction book proposal from author Neal Bascomb. He pitched the proposal under the full title "Sabotage: A Genius Scientist, His Band of Young Commandos, and the Mission to Kill Hitler's Super Bomb."
Set in 1942, the story follows an apparent suicide mission by nine Norwegian refugee commandos to sabotage Hitler's secret nuclear program. This team must brave the arctic landscape and destroy Norway's Vemork Hydroelectric Plant which sits perched on impenetrable, icy cliffs.
The Norwegian heavy water sabotage has been adapted into film at least twice. The first one is a 1948 semi-documentary by Norwegian production, "The Fight Over the Heavy Water". It features several of the actual members of Operations Grouse and Freshman.
The second one is "The Heroes of Telemark" released in 1965. Directed by Anthony Mann, it is supported by Kirk Douglas, Richard Harris, Ulla Jacobsson, and Michael Redgrave.
Bay's new movie "Transformers: Age of Extinction" will be released on June 27, 2014.