Todd Field & Kathryn Bigelow Plan Competing Bowe Bergdahl Films
For the past couple weeks, Army sergeant Bowe Bergdahl has been the focus of headlines and 24-hour cable news networks after the United States government exchanged five captured, high-ranking Taliban operatives in order to get the captured American prisoner of war back from Taliban captivity. However, controversy has erupted with accusations of Bergdahl deserting his base voluntarily, questioning the war in which he was fighting, not to mention the supposed value of the prisoners who were exchanged in order to get him back. Now the news story has proven to be provocative enough for two feature films. More below!
Deadline has word that Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow is looking to reteam with writer and producer Mark Boal for a drama about Bergdahl's struggle and the ensuing controversy. But they're not the only ones. Little Children director Todd Field is also attached to direct a film being set up at Fox Searchlight with the acquisition of America's Last Prisoner of War, an article by Michael Hastings, who tragically died in a car accident last year. It's just one more in Hollywood's yearly tradition of having two different productions about the same subject
The news reports on Bergdahl alone are worth a film in themselves as both sides of the political aisle are arguing vehemently for or against the return of the capture soldier and whether or not this is a victory for the United States, or a grave mistake that will come to back to bite us in the ass. We're not looking to spark any political arguments, but from a filmmaking standpoint, trying to get films off the ground about stories that are still developing just seems ill-advised, with studios only desperate to turn popular headlines into box office dollars. Either way, you can't deny that the story of a soldier captured and held prisoner for five years by terrorists is a harrowing tale for the big screen. Thoughts?