Deadline Hollywood Daily is reporting that Universal has won the rights to the life story of decorated NAVY Seal Marcus Luttrell. Last June Mr. Luttrell had published Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10. The book had garnered praise from military blogs and conservative critics. Published by Little, Brown & Company, the book has quickly risen to the top spot on the New York Times best-seller list. An earlier report on Deadline had news of a bidding frenzy between studios to secure the rights to the "patriotic property".

Luttrell began his military career as part of the elite SEAL unit in 2002. In June 2005, he and four other members of his unit were dispatched to Afghanistan to execute a Taliban leader. The unit was ambushed by Taliban soldiers and after an intense firefight, Luttrell was the only member of the team left alive. He was taken in by a small village who later crossed the Taliban by refusing to hand the soldier over, starting a battle that almost wiped out the village and was awarded the *purple heart for bravery by President Bush.

According to Deadline Hollywood, the title was purchased with Peter Berg in mind to direct. Berg has just finished filming the political thriller The Kingdom for Universal. But if the studio wants to wait for him, it could take awhile. Berg is filming the superhero drama Hancock with Will Smith and Charlize Theron. As soon as that film wraps, he is set to direct The Mission, which is a remake of the 1999 Johnny To flick Cheung fo. So if Universal is half as eager to put the project into production as they were to secure the rights, I hope they have a Plan B.

*Correction: Marcus Luttrell was awarded the Navy Cross for combat heroism.