Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal are praising the Gods right now as their yet-to-be-titled project about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden is still in the writing stage – meaning they can make adjustments to depict the raid that led to the notorious terrorist’s death. Even more to their fortune, the duo – responsible for the Oscar-winning The Hurt Locker – has been following a special military unit for quite some time. The same special military unit responsible for the Bin Laden’s death.
Boal, who is also an investigative journalist and has extensive military contacts, has been tracking the team and its mission for quite some time, reports Variety.
The timing couldn’t be better. With the film slated to go into production in the summer, the killing of Bin Laden came early enough that the script can be tweaked without unnecessary scrambling; furthermore, it should help cement funding and casting. It also is going to be as timely as a major release about Bin Laden’s death can be.
Lastly, while audiences have generally stayed away from modern day war films, the promise of seeing Osama Bin Laden getting shot in the head will likely attract larger American attention than usual.
The prospect of Kathryn Bigelow directing a Hurt Locker follow-up about the manhunt and eventual killing of Bin Laden sounds like a winner to me. Again, and I hate to say it about a person’s death, but great timing.