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Competing Bowe Bergdahl films coming from Kathryn Bigelow and Todd Field

06.16.2014

Controversial topics always make for intriguing feature films and the story of Bowe Bergdahl will be no exception. Competing film projects about the ordeal of the American military officer embroiled in one of the most debated news stories of the year. Normally, projects like this do not garner too much attention until filmmakers are involved and in this case we have two very talented directors in the running: Kathryn Bigelow and Todd Field.

Bigelow won the Oscar for directing THE HURT LOCKER and courted controversy with the Seal Team Six/Osama bin Laden film ZERO DARK THIRTY. Bigelow has reported been working with ZERO DARK THIRTY scribe Mark Boal for years as the Bergdahl story has been developing but it is unknown what the theme of the story will be. Todd Field, director of IN THE BEDROOM and LITTLE CHILDREN, is considering adapting Michael Hasting's book "America's Last Prisoner of War" which was published prior to the recent controversy surrounding the release of Bergdahl.

For those unfamiliar with the story, here is a quick rundown courtesy of Deadline.

An idealistic young man who was home schooled by his religious parents in Idaho, Bergdahl tried to join the French Foreign Legion and spent time at a Buddhist monastery before joining the Army. Not long after being deployed in Afghanistan, he became disillusioned with the bureaucracy and what he saw as incompetence of those around him. He reportedly left the base, wandering around until he was captured by the Taliban. He spent five years as the lone U.S. soldier in captivity, until he was traded for five Taliban higher-ups held at Guantanamo Bay. Some military men have charged he was a deserter and should not have been swapped for five dangerous Taliban operatives. On Capitol Hill, McCain has been among the chorus of pols excoriating the secret deal negotiated by the White House. The drama is still unfolding as the freed soldier attempts to reintegrate into society.

Between Field and Bigelow, Bigelow definitely already has the experience with military films while Field is a much more artistic filmmaker. Both could make very unique movies about this true story in very unique ways. Here's hoping we get to see both come to fruition.

Source: Deadline

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10:39PM on 06/16/2014
Much respect to all the veteran schmoes. Don't want to comment too much on a subject I don't know about, but this just smacks of producers desperately wanting to cash in on a "topical" news story.
Much respect to all the veteran schmoes. Don't want to comment too much on a subject I don't know about, but this just smacks of producers desperately wanting to cash in on a "topical" news story.
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7:39PM on 06/16/2014

For those Schmoemen who have served... Thank you.

I have to agree with the Service Schmoemen here. This guy doesn't deserve a movie. But if it HAS to be made... All I ask of Mrs. Bigelow is that she tones down on the bullshit and doesn't paint this guy as some sort of hero to try and draw sympathy from us. Just do the story truthfully and show him and everything for what it is. I don't want to watch some sort of propaganda film.
I have to agree with the Service Schmoemen here. This guy doesn't deserve a movie. But if it HAS to be made... All I ask of Mrs. Bigelow is that she tones down on the bullshit and doesn't paint this guy as some sort of hero to try and draw sympathy from us. Just do the story truthfully and show him and everything for what it is. I don't want to watch some sort of propaganda film.
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7:06PM on 06/16/2014
Wow really!? Why not do a story about me and how hard it was to maintain a marriage why being stationed in the Middle East for two years, I have plenty of drama for Hollywood that doesn't even require someone being captured. They are still investigating what happened.
Wow really!? Why not do a story about me and how hard it was to maintain a marriage why being stationed in the Middle East for two years, I have plenty of drama for Hollywood that doesn't even require someone being captured. They are still investigating what happened.
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5:00PM on 06/16/2014
As a veteran myself, I hate that Hollywood wants a movie about this guy. He was and is a deserter plain and simple, he should be punished as one! Five soldiers died looking for this man that walked off of his base by himself on his own free will. Do not give him the pleasure of making a film about his story.
As a veteran myself, I hate that Hollywood wants a movie about this guy. He was and is a deserter plain and simple, he should be punished as one! Five soldiers died looking for this man that walked off of his base by himself on his own free will. Do not give him the pleasure of making a film about his story.
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5:14PM on 06/16/2014
couldnt agree more as a fellow vet.
couldnt agree more as a fellow vet.
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