THR: A Navy recruitment video morphs into "Act of Valor," a potential blockbuster starring real SEALs, set for release February 17, 2012.
Remember life before May 1, when war movies were considered as doomed as the mission to find and kill Osama bin Laden? A string of films centering on the U.S. involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan -- from Rendition to Green Zone to the Oscar-winning The Hurt Locker -- had failed to lure audiences. But now, in the wake of bin Laden's death at the hands of Navy SEALs, the genre couldn't be hotter. And on June 5, Ryan Kavanaugh's Relativity Media announced one of the more unusual projects: Mike "Mouse" McCoy and Scott Waugh's Act of Valor, which stars actual SEALs and began life as a recruitment video for the U.S. military's Naval Special Warfare Command. The film is set for a Feb. 17, 2012 release.