A representative for Steven Spielberg has distanced the filmmaker from reports linking him to a movie adaptation of a new book about the hunt for al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama bin Laden has been written by a former US Navy SEAL officer, using the pen name Mark Owen. The author was involved in the ambush and details the events leading up to the assassination of bin Laden on May 2, 2011 in Pakistan.
Spielberg was said to be keen to option the book for a Hollywood adaptation, but spokesman Marvin Levy has shot down the claims - and says the director's DreamWorks production companies will have nothing to do with the tome either.
"Neither Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks Studios or DreamWorks Television will be optioning Mark Owen's book, No Easy Day," Levy tells The Hollywood Reporter.
The book is due for release next month, but it has already caused controversy among US officials amid fears the author will expose highly sensitive security information.
If the project is picked up for the big screen, it won't be the only movie about the search for bin Laden - there's Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty, which is scheduled to hit Australian theatres in January next year, and a film about John Stockwell's Code Name: Geronimo book is also in the works.