Osama bin Laden movie to air before election

Posted at 7:39 AM, Oct 05, 2012

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By Ashley Killough, CNN

(CNN) — Two days before Election Day on November 6, a movie detailing the raid that killed Osama bin Laden will air on the National Geographic Channel, the cable network announced Thursday.

The film is being distributed by the Weinstein Company, owned by a Harvey Weinstein, a major backer of President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.

Titled, “SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden,” the feature-length film will chronicle the raid in Pakistan, an event that Obama’s campaign touts as one of his crowning achievements.

The timing of the film will likely draw some critics, as some may speculate the TV movie could portray the president in a positive light and have an impact on voters just days before they head to the polls.

It’s expected to take a similar tone as another movie about bin Laden’s death, “Zero Dark Thirty,” which is set to hit theaters December 19. The project stirred controversy last year when it was reported that the film was slated for an October release, right ahead of the election. However, actors and producers with the film maintain it always had a December release date.

The director of “Zero Dark Thirty,” Kathryn Bigelow, and the producer of the National Geographic Channel film to air in November have previously worked together on a separate film, “The Hurt Locker.”

– CNN’s Rachel Wells contributed to this report.