May 3rd, 2011
05:27 PM ET
Art often imitates life, but what do you do when life happens before the art even gets made?
Such is the reported question for Oscar-winning team Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal, who were hard at work on a movie about the U.S. team tracking down Osama bin Laden when the news broke that he’d been taken out by U.S. forces.
Bigelow, who also won an Oscar for directing the “The Hurt Locker,” is on board to helm this feature as well, while “Locker” screenwriter (and investigative journalist) Boal has been busy penning the story for the film.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the two were even looking at actors for the project, including Joel Edgerton ("Star Wars Episode II"; "Smokin' Aces").
But now that we know how the story ends, it’s unclear what will become of the project. THR lists a range of possibilities, including a tweaked storyline since it's been reported that the film was to depict a failed black ops mission to kill bin Laden.
There’s also the chance that the acclaimed team will pass on the movie altogether, THR says, since Hollywood will likely attempt to push out similar projects to get some play on the international interest.
Variety, however, suggests a more optimistic outcome, describing bin Laden's death as a "lucky break." The industry trade publication reports that Boal has been "following the mission for quite some time," and that the timing of recent events "could hardly be better."
"Had it come much later, making changes would have necessitated a scramble," Variety says. "But the news comes late enough in the project's evolution that it'll maximize the movie's timeliness," and it could also help bring about more funding. According to Variety, the two chief issues are currently location scouting and security; Bigelow and Boal are expected to wait and see the reaction of the Arab world before proceeding with their planned shooting schedule.
Boal’s rep tells CNN that the “as-yet-untitled film project concerning the heroic pursuit of bin Laden by American forces is readying a late summer start."
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