Adapted by Chuck Hogan from Mitchell Zuckoff's nonfiction book, "13 Hours" is to recount the terrorist attacks on a U.S. diplomatic compound and a CIA annex in Libya that left four Americans dead in September 2012, including Ambassador J.
The cast includes John Krasinski, James Badge Dale, Pablo Schreiber and Dominic Fumusa.
By releasing a topical and potentially polarizing military-themed drama over MLK weekend, Paramount will be taking a page from the Warner Bros. playbook: That studio's "American Sniper" had its wide release over the same frame earlier this year and went on to massive commercial success.
"13 Hours" is currently slated to open against the young-adult sci-fi tale "The 5th Wave" and the sequels "Ride Along 2" and "The Nut Job 2."
In addition to the "13 Hours" announcement, Paramount confirmed that the next "Star Trek" movie is titled "Star Trek Beyond." Justin Lin is directing the third installment of the rebooted space-faring franchise, which is to open July 8, 2016.