A day after the assassination of Osama bin Laden it was learned that there had already been a film in the works about the hunt for the terrorist. Four days after that it was reported that the film had a star. Two weeks after that, the film has a home.
Sony Pictures has bought the rights to the film formerly known as "Killing Bin Laden," from director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal, the duo behind "The Hurt Locker." Bigelow and Boal have been working on this film since 2008, but will be tweaking their film to reflect the recent downturn in OBL's fortunes.
"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," said Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascal. " 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.”
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And once again, every film fan's favorite fundie, Megan Ellison, is helping make their dreams come true. The Oracle heiress, who produced "True Grit," is financing this new film via her Annapurna Pictures. Production starts this fall with an eye toward a 2012 release. It's unclear whether or not Joel Edgerton is still on board to star, as had been previously reported.
The Bigelow and Boal are the perfect duo to handle this, as you can be sure they won't turn it into some chest-thumping, flag-waving piece of propaganda that will only fan the flames of U.S. hatred.
The only downside to this project is that it will likely push back "Three Borders," the Bigelow Boal film about a notoriously lawless region at the intersection of Paraguay, Argentina, and Brazil.