Kathryn Bigelow’s Bin Laden film gets green light
Columbia Pictures wins rights to distribute Hurt Locker director’s film about killing of Osama bin Laden
A film about the hunt and eventual killing of Osama bin Laden from Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow has been given the green light.
from the Guardian.co.uk
Reports that the Hurt Locker director was working on the movie emerged after news broke that US special forces had eliminated the al-Qaida leader at his Pakistan bunker in May. Columbia Pictures has now agreed to distribute the film, putting to rest any lingering doubts over whether it will be made.
Bigelow’s project has an advantage over potential rivals because she and screenwriting partner Mark Boal were already working on a film about the US Navy Seals unit that killed Bin Laden.
“Bigelow and Boal have been developing the project since 2008 and plan to incorporate recent events into the film,” the studio said, adding that the film will focus on “the Black Ops mission to capture or kill” Bin Laden.
Amy Pascal of Columbia’s parent company, Sony, said: “With the death of Osama bin Laden, this film could not be more relevant. Kathryn and Mark have an outstanding perspective on the team that was hunting the most wanted man in the world.
“Mark is second to none as an investigative journalist, and Kathryn will bring the same kind of compelling authenticity and urgency that distinguished The Hurt Locker and made that film so memorable and special.”
Boal used his experiences with a bomb squad in Iraq to inform his script for The Hurt Locker, which went on to beat Avatar (by Bigelow’s former husband James Cameron) to the best film title at the 2010 Oscars. Shot mainly guerrilla-style in the Middle East, it won five Academy Awards, including best director for Bigelow.
Prior to Bin Laden’s death, Bigelow’s project was thought to focus on a previous attempt to kill or capture Bin Laden. It will now be reworked to add material about the 40-minute firefight at a compound in Pakistan that led to the terrorist leader’s death.
There have already been a number of films about the 9/11 attacks orchestrated by al-Qaida. Oliver Stone’s World Trade Center looked at the disaster in New York, while Paul Greengrass’s United 93 focused on the heroism of passengers who prevented a fourth plane from hitting the terrorists’ target in 2001.
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