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Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal re-teaming for Bowe Bergdahl movie

Kathryn Bigelow directs The Hurt Locker

Story by Jack Foley

KATHRYN Bigelow and Mark Boal are to reunite for a third time for a new movie based on the story of US Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl.

The recently released soldier spent five years as a prisoner of war of the Taliban until his release on May 31, 2014, in exchange for five Taliban prisoners at the US military facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The 28-year-old returned to an Army medical facility in San Antonio, Texas, on June 13.

But the nature of the exchange has created a controversy within the corridors of power in the US with President Obama’s administration being accused of failing to inform Congress of the releases despite the requirement of a 30-day notice for any transfers from Guantanamo.

In reply, the administration has admitted that it ignored this requirement after receiving intelligence that Bergdahl’s health was deteriorating. An investigation has also been launched into Bergdahl’s disappearance and capture in Afghanistan in 2009.

According to Deadline, Bigelow and Boal are developing the film version of the story, which would be produced through Boal’s recently launched Page 1 production company.

The two have previously united to critically-acclaimed (and sometimes controversial) effect on the films The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty.

Bigelow is also working on an adaptation of the book True American: Murder & Mercy in Texas, by Anand Giridharadas, which will document the true story of Rais Bhuiyan, a Bangladeshi who moved to the US to work in the technology sector before becoming a victim of Mark Stroman, a Texan vigilante who went on a killing spree in the wake of 9/11. Tom Hardy is currently due to star. Find out more

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