Veteran Hollywood Reporter staffer Borys Kit filed a quick overnight report about how the historic events of May 1st in Abbottabad, Pakistan might impact a gestating project reuniting Oscar winning director Kathryn Bigelow with her The Hurt Locker screenwriter Mark Boal (pictured).
The action thriller – tentatively titled Kill Bin Laden – was reportedly going to tell the story of a failed Black Ops attempt to assassinate the al-Qaida leader. That of course is now ancient history. Per Kit:
The Bigelow movie could stay more or less the same, gaining momentum as Sunday’s events give its subject matter added weight, context and timeliness. Or perhaps the project will do a 180-degree turn, with a new story line and focus. We can’t imagine the events surrounding Bin Laden’s ultimate killing not being incorporated into the script in some fashion.
Over the past decade, bin Laden has been portrayed on TV and film in mostly comedic circumstances, on everything from The Sarah Silverman Show to Son of a Beach.