Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 1 October 2014

Bigelow 'planning bin Laden film'

Kathryn Bigelow was the first woman to win a best director Oscar (AP/Summit Entertainment)

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 pipeline, 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 last year and earned the best director 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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