Kathryn Bigelow's Next to Follow Hunt & Death of Osama Bin Laden
Though it wouldn't be surprising if Hollywood was fast-tracking a project about Osama Bin Laden after the recent killing of the infamous terrorist, this project has been in the works for a little while. Back in December, we learned writer Mark Boal and director Kathryn Bigelow, the duo who delivered the Best Picture winning The Hurt Locker, were working to get a thriller off the ground that would revolve around certain military black ops. It turns out that the film was actually about the hunt for Bin Laden even before his sudden death last weekend. Now with his death making a logical ending, the script will be modified to include it.
Variety says the project, tentatively titled Kill Bin Laden, is still scheduled to go before cameras this summer, but Bigelow and Boal are waiting to see how the Arab world deals with the news of Bin Laden's death before making any further trips for location scouting. Another issue that might plague production is security while shooting. Either way, the film will now include the dramatic 40-minute firefight at Bin Laden's compound hideout in Pakistan where Bin Laden was found and shot to death on May 1st.
Apparently casting is in the works, but any real offers are being held until Boal is done with his final draft of the script with the new ending. However, 24 Frames has learned that Joel Edgerton (Animal Kingdom) will have a role in the film as part of an ensemble of male commandos. Apparently the actor even opted out of taking a role in Snow White and the Huntsman in order to do this film. With an actual conclusion, the film should be a little easier to swallow, and the timeliness of the story should make financiers very interested in backing the project for a summer start. To those who aren't in the know, this may seem like a way to capitalize on Bin Laden's death, but the project was already in the works after all. Thoughts?