Michael Bay is in negotiations to potentially helm 13 Hours at Paramount, based on the book Thirteen Hours: The Inside Account Of What Really Happened In Benghazi by Mitchell Zuckoff, which follows the true story of the events on September 11, 2012, when terrorists attacked a U.S. State Department Special Mission Thirteen Hours The Inside Account Of What Really Happened In BenghaziCompound and a CIA station in Benghazi, Libya. A source close to the project said, “Bay read a first draft of the script and liked it.” There is no contract at this time, but Bay is in talks. Should the project move forward, there would be a March 9 production start date.

Chuck Hogan wrote the script, and Erwin Stoff is set to produce through 3 Arts Entertainment’s production label. In terms of its run-and-gun military mission story, 13 Hours  is akin to Black Hawk Down. Paramount would not comment on the news, and WME, Bay’s agency, could not confirm at this time.

Anita Busch contributed to this report.