Kathryn Bigelow Will Be 'Held By The Taliban' Next - Updated!
Potential news surrounding the next project from director Kathryn Bigelow who broke out huge this year with The Hurt Locker. Production Weekly tweeted that: "Kathryn Bigelow is attached to direct 'Held By The Taliban,' based on David Rohde's series of articles in the NY Times." That Times article was published last year and and is titled '7 Months, 10 Days in Captivity' about journalist/author David Rohde who was kidnapped in Afghanistan while working on a book about the region. Sounds like the perfect follow-up to The Hurt Locker if she wants to continue making more of those gritty, intense, hyper-realistic war movies.
The Playlist, who first picked up on this story, also reminded us of another project that Kathryn Bigelow was attached to last year with screenwriter Mark Boal, who was a photojournalist in Iraq before writing The Hurt Locker script. That one was called Triple Frontier but it sounds like it hasn't made progress yet either. Then again, if Bigelow wins the Oscar in a few months (which is very likely), everything could change for her and she could end up somewhere we didn't even know about this early on. I'd like to see her make Held By The Taliban next, but I'm open to wherever she decides to go. In the meantime, read that NY Times article.
Update: Wow, MTV talked with NY Times and found out that this is entire news story is apparently not at all true! "This report is inaccurate. There is no movie deal," a Times spokeswoman told MTV. That's not all though, the spokeswoman goes on to even say that "there is no deal and no one is attached to the project," refuting THR's claims that producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall and screenwriter Stephen Belber were attached to the project as well. So who's right here? Is the NY Times just trying to cover up a sale and pretend like it didn't leak? Or is this actually just a bunch of BS? Hopefully we'll find out soon!