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Will the death of Osama Bin Laden kill Kathryn Bigelow's upcoming thriller?

May. 2, 2011by:

As I'm sure you've heard by now, last night President Barack Obama announced that US Special Forces succeeded this weekend in finding, and ultimately killing, Osama Bin Laden. I don't believe anyone is naive enough to think this is the end of terrorism or a harbinger of world peace but it's a great moment of triumph, however fleeting, for many of the families who are still impacted by the events of September 11th.

While I'll let the New York Times contemplate what the death of Bin Laden means to international relations, terrorism and politics, there was a film in development in Hollywood based around the hunt of Osama Bin Laden and there's some debate about whether than film can or will still happen.

Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow had been planning an action-thriller tentatively titled KILL BIN LADEN that Michael Fassbender and Joel Edgerton had been in talks to star. It seems as if both actors have moved on from the project and it's unclear if the project will still go ahead as currently planned.

[UPDATE: Variety is reporting that Bigelow and writer Mark Boal are still moving ahead with the project as their script was following the exact same kill team that took out Bin Laden. The script will be rewritten in the weeks ahead to include this weekend's raid on Pakistan with hopes that filming can begin this summer and be the first Bin Laden project out of the gate.]

It's likely Bigelow will focus on TRIPLE FRONTIER, a project that has Tom Hanks attached to star, while she and writer Mark Boal figure out what to do with their BIN LADEN film. They could either change the ending to include the death of Bin Laden or rewrite the script to follow the real-life events of Sunday.

Both Bigelow and Boal are expected to be meeting this week to discuss the future of the project and how they'll proceed. Boal, a former investigative journalist, would I'm sure love to get his hands into the real story. What do you think they should do with their film?

Source: THR

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5:44PM on 05/03/2011

Yeah it can happen for sure...

Just rewrite it, show how they killed him and everything.
Just rewrite it, show how they killed him and everything.
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10:15AM on 05/03/2011
Well didn't THEY luck out?!
Well didn't THEY luck out?!
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7:26AM on 05/03/2011

Interesting detail

The special forces team that snuffed out Osama is the same group of people that Bigelow/Boal researched:

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The special forces team that snuffed out Osama is the same group of people that Bigelow/Boal researched:

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8:46PM on 05/02/2011
Rest in peace Osama....... Ooops sorry I meant Rot in Pieces....In Hell....Where all you can Eat is Roast Pork Rolls and all you can Fuck is 72 Retired Prostitutes.
Rest in peace Osama....... Ooops sorry I meant Rot in Pieces....In Hell....Where all you can Eat is Roast Pork Rolls and all you can Fuck is 72 Retired Prostitutes.
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5:33PM on 05/02/2011

captain america

just have modern day captain america take out osama at the end credits of capatain america: the first avenger.
just have modern day captain america take out osama at the end credits of capatain america: the first avenger.
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4:40PM on 05/02/2011
IRL for the win! History wrote a golden ending for her.. Can't wait to see
IRL for the win! History wrote a golden ending for her.. Can't wait to see
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4:09PM on 05/02/2011
I first found out from MFC.
I first found out from MFC.
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3:40PM on 05/02/2011
She should still make it, she now has the perfect ending!
She should still make it, she now has the perfect ending!
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2:34PM on 05/02/2011
Wow, I hadn't heard. I found out Bin Laden died on JoBlo first.
Wow, I hadn't heard. I found out Bin Laden died on JoBlo first.
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2:06PM on 05/02/2011
I read today that the movie was fast tracked. Appears the news helped.
I read today that the movie was fast tracked. Appears the news helped.
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1:31PM on 05/02/2011

The Death of Bin Laden will help this movie

All that will happen is a script re-write. Katheryn is probably stoked that she can now add a very cool and intense ending to her film.
All that will happen is a script re-write. Katheryn is probably stoked that she can now add a very cool and intense ending to her film.
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11:44AM on 05/02/2011
i think the project should not end, i mean, its the movies, where does is say that bin laden must die in the movies? :)
i say move on!
i think the project should not end, i mean, its the movies, where does is say that bin laden must die in the movies? :)
i say move on!
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11:21AM on 05/02/2011
ha ha
ha ha
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11:18AM on 05/02/2011
No worries. Although, they may have to cut out the sword fight between Obama and Osama at the end.
No worries. Although, they may have to cut out the sword fight between Obama and Osama at the end.
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9:59AM on 05/02/2011

Actually it's likely to get made now

According to Deadline, recent events can boost Bigelow's project:

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According to Deadline, recent events can boost Bigelow's project:

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9:55AM on 05/02/2011
It can still be made. Tell the story and then add the title card at the end saying Osama was killed on such and such day. Its basically what every "based on a true story" film ends with, a text roll describing what really happened or where history went after the story just shown. Easy enough.
It can still be made. Tell the story and then add the title card at the end saying Osama was killed on such and such day. Its basically what every "based on a true story" film ends with, a text roll describing what really happened or where history went after the story just shown. Easy enough.
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9:14AM on 05/02/2011
Perhaps Bigelow can do the story that lead to the death of Bin Laden? I too don't believe it's the end of terrorism but it's a good start.
Perhaps Bigelow can do the story that lead to the death of Bin Laden? I too don't believe it's the end of terrorism but it's a good start.
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9:13AM on 05/02/2011
Its no surprise that discussions for a film are already happening, so I guess if they have to make one, they could do worse than Kathryn Bigelow.
Its no surprise that discussions for a film are already happening, so I guess if they have to make one, they could do worse than Kathryn Bigelow.
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12:02PM on 05/02/2011
read the article much?
read the article much?
6:27PM on 05/06/2011
Yeah I read it, it was updated after I first wrote in though. What's your problem with my post though I'm curious?
Yeah I read it, it was updated after I first wrote in though. What's your problem with my post though I'm curious?
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