Bigelow, Malick Circling “Taliban”

Directors Kathryn Bigelow (“The Hurt Locker”) and Terrence Malick (“The New World,” “The Thin Red Line”) are said to be circling the Afghanistan-themed “Held by the Taliban” says The Hollywood Reporter.

The film will adapt a five-part New York Times series about journalist David Rohde’s experience as a captive of the Taliban in Afghanistan for seven months. He and two Afghan colleagues were kidnapped as they traveled to an interview with a Taliban commander outside of Kabul.

Stephen Belber (“Management”) is attached to adapt while Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall will produce. The package will go out to studios shortly.

Bigelow, the easy favourite to take the best directing Oscar next month for her ‘Locker’ work, is NOT attached despite reports. So far the director has only expressed interest in the articles.

Malick’s involvement is a bit stranger, the director saying he wants to act as a producer and pitch his take on the material to buyers. Further details are expected in coming days.