In news that seems like it’s designed simply as a setup for the sharpest political joke of all time, a joke so clever that it makes both Republicans and Democrats stand together in approval as they put all of their petty squabbles behind them and embark on a new generation of cooperation, Michael Bay might direct a movie about the 2012 terrorist attack on an American compound in Benghazi. Now, we’re not saying that we’ll be the ones to make this great joke, the joke that simultaneously shines a light on the importance and absurdity of our political climate in such a way that heralds a new golden age of discourse, but we know someone out there will. It might not be today, it might not be tomorrow, but it will happen and it will be hilarious and profound.
This news comes from The Hollywood Reporter, which says the project—titled 13 Hours—will be based on a book about the attack written by Mitchell Zuckoff. Bay is still “in negotiations” to direct it, so nothing here is set in stone yet, but we doubt that the universe would let something like this not happen. If he does get the job, 13 Hours will be Michael Bay’s first movie that’s at least slightly related to America and its military since every other movie he’s ever made. That’s not the brilliant political joke, by the way. It’s just a humorous observation.