Belfast Telegraph

Monday 27 April 2015

Bigelow to make bin Laden film

Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal are apparently continuing with their film about bin Laden
Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal are apparently continuing with their film about bin Laden

The filmmakers behind the war-on-terror drama The Hurt Locker are moving forward with an action thriller about the hunt for Osama bin Laden.

Director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal have had the bin Laden project in the works, and now that the al Qaida leader has been killed, a person close to the filmmakers said that the film is more relevant than ever.

The as-yet-untitled film will centre on the Black Ops pursuit of bin Laden, said the source.

US forces have hunted bin Laden since the September 11 terrorist attacks nearly 10 years ago. A team of Navy Seals shot and killed bin Laden early on Monday at a compound in Pakistan.

Bigelow declined to comment about the project, according to Susan Ciccone, a spokeswoman for the director.

The Hurt Locker, which centred on a US bomb-disposal unit in Iraq, won best picture at the Academy Awards in 2010 and earned the best-directing Oscar for Bigelow, the first woman to receive that honour.

The film won a total of six Oscars, including the prize for original screenplay for Boal.

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