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Michael Bay in talks to direct movie about 2012 Benghazi attack

  • Director Michael Bay arrives for the premiere of Transformers: Dark of The Moon in Times Square in New York June 28, 2011.

    Director Michael Bay arrives for the premiere of Transformers: Dark of The Moon in Times Square in New York June 28, 2011.  (Reuters)

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"Transformers" director Michael Bay is in talks to direct the film adaptation of the best-selling book “13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi,” sources tell FOX411.

Attack survivor Kris “Tanto” Paronto gives the choice a big thumbs up.

“This isn’t ‘Transformers’ or ‘Armageddon’ so it is a departure,” Paronto, a former Army Ranger and one of the security operators there during the deadly Benghazi attack, told us. “But with our help and Michael’s ability to make intense movies, it will do very well.”

Production dates are yet to be established, although Paronto hopes the film will hit theaters prior to the 2016 elections, especially if former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton runs. She was criticized by many for her handling of the crisis.

“We’ve talked about it and want it out before the election, but two years isn’t a lot of time to get a movie down. We will know more early next year and things should happen relatively quickly from there,” he said. “But at the same time, we want to take long enough to ensure that it is done right. We don’t want to rush through it.”

The book by Mitchell Zuckoff – and the film script adaptation by Chuck Hogan – is a boots-on-the-ground account of the events of September 11, 2012 when terrorists attacked the U.S. State Department Special Mission Compound and a CIA station called the Annex in the Libyan city of Benghazi.

The film rights were secured earlier this year by Paramount, with Erwin Stoff producing. 

Paramount declined to comment on the pending project and Bay did not respond to a comment request.

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Hollie McKay has been a FoxNews.com staff reporter since 2007. She has reported extensively from the Middle East on the rise and fall of terrorist groups such as ISIS in Iraq. Follow her on twitter at @holliesmckay

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