Looks like “Kill Bin Laden” is going to have to get a new title.
“The Hurt Locker” director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal recently began meeting with actors for an Osama Bin Laden assassination project according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The story follows a failed Black Ops mission by the US military to capture the Al-Qaida leader. Michael Fassbender was previously in contention for the project while Joel Edgerton was said to be circling the part as well.
Then a few hours ago, history kind of pulled the rug out from under their feet as word broke than Bin Laden had been killed by U.S. forces in a Pakistani compound.
While much of the U.S. celebrates in the news, the question for those involved with the film now becomes where do they go with it. Does it stick to the original story but throw in some quick re-writes to incorporate the news, or will a major overhaul be required with a whole new storyline and focus.
The other catch now is that a bunch of other bin Laden-related projects that have been near comatose in development have suddenly picked up steam, most notably Paramount’s option of Gary Bernsten’s “Jawbreaker” book about a hunt for Bin Laden during the opening stages of the war in Afghanistan in 2001.
As more details of the recent mission emerge, it’s expected a lot of new Bin Laden projects will be quickly announced.