Terrorists are taking pages from a Hollywood playbook to recruit new members in Chicago and across the U.S. The U.S. Defense Department is spending millions to understand “The ISIS equation.”

New evidence has determined that ISIS recruiting videos are built on the same story formula as Hollywood movie scripts. That discovery, which is part of deep research being done in Chicago, could shape how the government fights terrorism.

University of Chicago researchers tell the I-Team that creators of an ISIS propaganda video followed a famous 12-step Hollywood guide on how to tell the story of a hero — a scripting formula used for decades in blockbuster movies including “Titanic,” “Wizard of Oz” and the first “Star Wars.”

Dana Rovang, of the University of Chicago, discovered the disturbing connection after watching hundreds of videos produced by terrorist groups.

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