October 21st, 2011
10:18 AM ET
Kathryn Bigelow’s upcoming hunt-for-bin Laden film was reportedly scheduled to be released next October, right before the presidential election.
But The New York Times is reporting that the movie may not actually come out until 2013.
Sources say Sony might bump the as-yet-untitled movie back after next year's presidential election, and potentially even to 2013.
The fact-based thriller, often referred to as “Kill Bin Laden,” portrays the hunt to find and assassinate al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
Though Sony execs said the thriller’s former October release date was simply chosen because it was convenient, it had been speculated that the movie could help get President Obama re-elected. Next year’s presidential election comes shortly after the film was due to hit theaters.
Writer Maureen Down noted that the film could promote Obama by dramatizing the killing of Osama bin Laden, and reminding the public that the assassination happened on his watch.
Academy Award-winner Bigelow has said the film is not a part of any political agenda, and neither is its release date.
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