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Wednesday 23 July 2014

Bigelow takes on Bergdahl drama

Kathryn Bigelow could be making a film about released captive Bowe Bergdahl

Kathryn Bigelow could be making another military drama with filmmaking partner Mark Boal - about released captive Bowe Bergdahl.

The pair, who are behind the successful The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, are said to be in the early stages of a film about the Army sergeant, who was captured and held prisoner by the Taliban for five years until he was released in May in exchange for five Taliban operatives.

The project, which is set in the Middle East like their previous films, has backing from producer Megan Ellison, who produced Zero Dark Thirty with Mark, reported Deadline.

There could be another film about Bowe in the works, after Fox Searchlight acquired America's Last Prisoner Of War, an investigative article on the soldier by the late Michael Hastings. Todd Field, the director of In The Bedroom and Little Children, is linked to that movie.

Kathryn became the first woman to win the Oscar for best director with 2009's The Hurt Locker, which also won best picture and other awards. Jeremy Renner and Anthony Mackie starred in the film, which followed a three-man Explosive Ordnance Disposal (bomb disposal) team during the Iraq War.

Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke and Joel Edgerton starred in Zero Dark Thirty, which is about the decade-long manhunt for al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States. The film, which was released in 2012, received a nod for best motion picture but lost out to Ben Affleck's Argo.

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