Berg Helms Universal’s Survivor

Universal Pictures has landed the film rights to the nonfiction best-seller “Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10” reports the trades.

Written by Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, “Survivor” tells the true story of how Luttrell led a small team in northern Afghanistan to capture or kill an al-Qaida leader housed in a Taliban stronghold.

On foot, they encountered two adult men and a teenage boy, and a debate broke out about whether the SEALs should execute the trio to keep them from alerting the Taliban or let them go. Luttrell made the decision to spare their lives and free them. An hour later, the SEALs were attacked by the Taliban.

Luttrell, blown off a cliff, was the only one to survive the attack and spent four days hiding out in the mountains evading Taliban assassins. He eventually was taken in by an Afghan tribe, who cared for him and risked everything to protect him when the Taliban arrived on their doorsteps.

Peter Berg (“The Kingdom,” “The Rundown”) will write and direct the adaptation, his next directorial outing after the currently in production Will Smith drama “John Hancock.” Akiva Goldsman, Barry Spikings and Sarah Aubrey will produce.