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“Indeed, the dangerous work of finding the world’s most wanted man was carried out by individuals in the military and intelligence communities who put their lives at risk for the greater good without regard for political affiliation. This was an American triumph, both heroic and nonpartisan, and there is no basis to suggest that our film will represent this enormous victory otherwise.”

Marine Col. Dave Lapan, a Defense Department spokesman, told reporters the film project is only in the script development phase.

“DoD is providing assistance with script research, which is something we commonly do for established filmmakers,” Lapan said. “Until there is a script to review, and a request for equipment or other DoD support, there is no formal agreement for DoD support.”