Columbia Picks Up Kathryn Bigelow's Untitled Osama bin Laden Film

May 24, 2011

Kathryn Bigelow

It was officially announced by Columbia Pictures (via Deadline) that they have acquired US distribution rights to the new film from director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal, the Oscar winning team behind The Hurt Locker. Its been called various names including Triple Frontier and Sleeping Dogs, but Columbia's press release calls this an "untitled film." It will focus on the black ops mission to find Osama bin Laden, which resulted in his death this month during a raid on his compound in Pakistan. Bigelow & Boal have been developing this since 2008 and plan to incorporate the recent events. That didn't take long.

Sony Pictures Co-Chair Amy Pascal commented in the press release for this announcement, stating:

“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.”

Shooting is already set to begin later this summer, but casting is still unannounced. Megan Ellison, who recently acquired the Terminator rights, is producing the film at Annapurna Films. There have been endless casting rumors since last year, including big names like Johnny Depp and Tom Hanks and Will Smith, but none of them are mention yet, so Columbia is keeping things hush hush for now. We'll just have to wait and see how this project pans out, but with a big studio now attached, this thing is ready to go and we'll soon be seeing the bin Laden killing as a movie within a year. I'm happy to see Bigelow working on another gritty, war film like this, but is it too soon to tackle this story or will she pull off another fantastic film? Stay tuned!

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  • RobNZ
    shame the story isn't actually true
    • Lebowski
      Moderators should delete this idiotic garbage.
      • RobNZ
        idotic to not believe proven liars? The Hurt Locker wasn't that good, and she only won because they wanted a woman to win the prize
    • SD
      you now the true story? you better shut your mouth!
    • Ali
      Idiots just like you,always making stupid conspiracy theories.
  • Mscuillo
    Jeremy Renner as SEAL Team 6 Leader would make this perfect! He did such an amazing job with Bigelow before, I think they could make a fantastic movie again together!
  • happy camper
    I thought Triple Frontier/Sleeping Dogs was a separate project from the Osama project?
    • Yamon
      You're right.
    • I don't know, I think everything got rolled into one once Osama was killed. Not really sure what is what anymore, kind of confusing.
  • Lebowski
    Jeez they didn't waste any time did they? Since it's in the hands of Bigelow, hopefully it will be a thoughtful production. But I find it hard to imagine a scenario in which this could be done tastefully, especially so soon after the fact.
  • A P
    Are they going to profit from this man's death? I find his death justified, don't get me wrong. But he being connected to 9/11 it would be a damn shame if they kept more than 50% of the profits in their pockets. I won't deny, Bigelow is an amazing director. All time fav film from her is Point Break, classic crime drama I grew up with. But if they don't have some kind of fund where profits go to help the 9/11 mermorial fund or something similar would be a discrace. Flame me for voicing my opinion, but Im sure many will agree. Remember all proceeds from Flight 93 did that. Any word on that yet Alex? Or is it too early to tell?
  • Theszurk3
    Last time she made it clear it was based off Dalton Furys book "Kill Bin Laden", Not his death. Was it changed? Id be disappointed if it did change to Bin Ladens death
    • A-team
      Bin's story is finished sweetly,we want to see how this bastard killed by navy seals.
  • David
    Amazing news,im sure Kathryn will do the job waiting to see her amazing work.
  • A-team
    Im sorry that some stupid assholes writing bullshit thing in this place,just like is not a political forum.go to forum that feed your seek minds assholes.
  • I'd love to see Arnie lead in this. He could fuck him to death. 'Osama you gonna have my babieeeeeeeeeeeeee'. Boom.




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