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Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal to re-write Bin Laden movie

Kathryn Bigelow directs The Hurt Locker

Story by Jack Foley

KATHRYN Bigelow and Mark Boal are to re-write their proposed movie on Osama Bin Laden to reflect latest news events.

The duo behind the Oscar-winning Iraq war movie The Hurt Locker had intended to do a fictional piece on attempts to hunt down and kill the Al Qaeda terrorist leader.

But in light of Sunday’s news that Bin Laden had been killed by an elite American unit in real-life they are now going back to the drawing board.

According to various online reports, Boal – who has contacts in military intelligence as well as a background in investigative journalism – now intends to re-write the script to include the 40-minute firefight that ended in Bin Laden’s death.

Bigelow, meanwhile, is currently scouting locations that will best reflect the landscape upon which the firefight in Pakistan took place but intends to commence shooting in the summer.

No casting has yet been announced, although the search is on for actors to play members of the elite unite resposible for the op.

In the meantime, another of Bigelow’s forthcoming projects, Triple Frontier, appears likely to be pushed back as the Bigelow-Boal team look to keep their Bin Laden film timely and ahead of a proposed pack of films that are likely to be inspired by the events of the past few days.

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