Untitled bin Laden movie to start this summer
May 3rd, 2011
05:27 PM ET

Untitled bin Laden movie to start this summer

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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soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. Rob

    Cast Matt Damon as the leader of Seal Team 6.. Since we can't seem to get his ass back to play Jason Bourne we might as well get him back as another highly trained Black Ops Operative.

    May 4, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. babushka

    you blood thirsty filthy people all you think about is killing- you are like the jews all they do is kill

    May 4, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ronald Dump

    PLEASE have Osama played by Gilbert Gottfried. Maybe Jack Black if you can't get GG.

    May 4, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Totaled

    What a bunch of sh!%

    May 4, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • palintwit

      You know what a bunch of sh!% is ? Bristol Palin on DWTS is a bunch of sh!%.

      May 4, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. MyMyMy

    Move over Charlie, there's a new tuna in town.

    May 4, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Steve-O

    The real question is who will take on the role of Osama knowing their career may be ruined as a result?

    May 4, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Conrad Shull

    I'll pass on the movie and wait for the musical – you KNOW there will be one.

    May 4, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. SammyJ

    What's the point? We already know the ending!

    May 4, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave

      Sensationalism/media/hollyweird= not a good mix. They should give it a few years.

      May 4, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. erich2112x

    "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." Right, so we're supposed to believe that they were already making this movie?

    May 4, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mister Boogey

    Who cares, You dont like the idea then dont watch the freakin movie. Hasnt anyone learned that Hollywood doesnt care what people think, they will continue to make movies off of real life situations and thats that.

    May 4, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. palintwit

    I hope they can write in a scene where Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann entertain bin Laden by doing a little biscuit bumping.

    May 4, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. B.S.

    Hollywood won't get a cent from me to glorify this monster, as either a good OR a bad person.

    May 4, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  13. Mormon Elder

    They should make a movie about us ! Us Mormons are waaaaaay cool ! Did you know that we can fly ? WE ROCK !

    May 4, 2011 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Tim's Mom

      Oh Tim, not again. This is embarrassing. I'm sorry everyone, he won't stop.

      May 4, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mr Poopy Pants

    Great, let's get the terroists stired up and begin phase 3 of bombing the @#$@ out of any national monument they can find. Let's make Bing Laden a movie star and remind the world about him. I'm sure the producers of the movie will be targets for the terrorist now.

    May 3, 2011 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dan

    This sucks, hurt locker sucked, can't we get ridley Scott to make it Blackhawk down was infinitely better.

    May 3, 2011 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Doc

    Why? Please don't make this as boring. And don't make him out to be something he wasn't. Ugh.

    May 3, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • The other dwarfs

      Hey get that dude (Billy Gibbons) from ZZtop to play Bin Laden....
      He wears a funny hat too!!!

      May 4, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  17. Go SEALs

    How about calling the movie "Geronimo."

    May 3, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Superhiro

    Totally agree Daniel. That movie was super overrated and it seems like the Academy just picked it to feel better about themselves.

    May 3, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Daniel C.

    The Hurt Locker was one of the worst depictions of what happens in Iraq I have seen since the TV show "Over There."

    May 3, 2011 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Superhiro


    May 3, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Lois

    I prefer Ridley Scott who directed Black Hawk Down. It was not biased but very well done. Great casting and intense.

    May 3, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Ichi

    Of course.

    May 3, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Superhiro

    I wonder if the history channel'l beat 'em to it.

    May 3, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Hurt to watch hurt locker

    Hurt locker was the most boring overrated movie ever!! This woman is a horrible director. If this movie is anywhere as boring as hurt locker you can count me our on wasting my money on seeing it!

    May 3, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Sgt. C

    Why shouldn't they? They already made all that money by playing "pretend" when they made a movie about a war that was still going on – I didn't see the real heroes get $1 of that money. I'm sure that will be the case again.

    May 3, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Dont

    Not good. He should not get any more air time than he already has.

    May 3, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Dave

    Please don't do this Hollywood. It is not a good idea. No matter how hard you try it will either come off like propaganda or it will be anti-military. It's just a bad, bad idea. Leave this one alone.

    May 3, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bareback Obaama

      everyone is already anti-military

      May 4, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
    • dave

      @Bareback: What are you talking about? I love and support our military. Stop talking about things you are clueless on.
      This movie is a bad idea. Give it a few years.

      May 4, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Rob

    knew someone would cash in on this.

    May 3, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • A

      I had a similar thought, but my thought was "I wonder how it'll take for someone to buy the rights to the story."

      May 3, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Superhiro

    Wow that was fast, wasn't this idea just pitched this morning? Now all they need to do is make a remake of the Bin Laden movie. Hell, why not make the remake first?

    May 3, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |

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