Director Kathryn Bigelow’s drama about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, Zero Dark Thirty, has had an utterly fascinating history and promises some heated discussion in the months leading up to its release. The Oscar-winning director was already working on the project with her The Hurt Locker scribe Mark Boal when bin Laden was killed on May 2nd, 2011 by the U.S. Navy’s SEAL Team Six. The two then began reworking the script to reflect these real-life events, and while the film’s production was kept under a veil of secrecy, we recently got our first look at the pic’s teaser trailer. The December release comes under quite a bit of controversy, as U.S. Representative Peter King and the republican group Judicial Watch have questioned whether President Obama’s administration shared confidential details about the mission with Bigelow’s production.
Bigelow and Boal have now finally spoken up about the project, addressing the political controversy, the reworking of the script, and just what exactly Zero Dark Thirty entails. Hit the jump to see what they had to say.
A new teaser trailer and images from The Hurt Locker-director Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty have gone online. The military drama looks to tell the story behind the story of Osama bin Laden’s death on May 2, 2011 during an operation by the Navy’s SEAL Team Six. The trailer hints at a more intimate breakdown of the events leading up to bin Laden’s death rather than making it a more distant political thriller.
Zero Dark Thirty, written by Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker) and starring Chris Pratt, Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong, Scott Adkins, Joel Edgerton and Kyle Chandler opens December 19th. Hit the jump to see the teaser trailer and images, and click here to read what Bigelow and Boal have to say about the film’s controversy, history, and characters.
One of the more interesting projects set to be released this year is director Kathryn Bigelow’s heretofore-untitled follow-up to her Best Picture and Best Director winning 2008 film The Hurt Locker. The new project centers on the Navy SEAL team who hunted down and killed Osama Bin Laden, and now Deadline reports that the pic has a working title of Zero Dark Thirty. The title is a military term for a very early starting time, so we’ll presumably be seeing some sleepy SEALs. The stellar ensemble cast includes Jason Clarke, Joel Edgerton, Chris Pratt, Kyle Chanler, Harold Perrineau, Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong, and Edgar Ramirez, and production recently began in India. However, they didn’t exactly get off to a smooth start. Hit the jump for news concerning the production’s less-than-warm welcome in India.
The upcoming thriller The Thing, opening in theaters on October 14th, is a prelude to the 1982 John Carpenter classic of the same name. Following a team at an isolated outpost in Antarctica, the discovery of an alien creature that is unearthed by a crew of international scientists causes paranoia to spread, as they begin to question which of them have been infected with something inhuman that has the ability to turn itself into an exact replica of any living being. Paleontologist Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), helicopter pilot Carter (Joel Edgerton) and the Norwegian scientific team find themselves fighting this terrifying parasite to keep it from killing them off one at a time. Here’s the trailer.
Fresh off the acclaim for his performance in Warrior, actor Joel Edgerton spoke to Collider in this exclusive phone interview about this very different role for him, what a fan he is of the Carpenter film, how nice it was to have a combination of practical and CG effects, how cool it was to get to use a flamethrower, and why being a massive fan of the original made Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. the perfect guy for the job of director. He also talked about taking on the role of Tom Buchanan, opposite Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan, for Baz Luhrmann’s vision of The Great Gatsby, and what attracted him to the Osama Bin Laden project that director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal are currently working on. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
We previously reported that Sony Pictures would release release Kathryn Bigelow’s Kill Bin Laden (rumored title)/SEAL Team 6 film on in late 2012. Deadline is now reporting that the exact release date is October 12, 2012. To the surprise of no one, that’s in the heart of awards season. An early October date worked out well for Sony last year they released The Social Network. The movie, which stars Joel Edgerton, was already in the works before Bin Laden was killed earlier this year. Screenwriter Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker) rewrote the third act to reflect the updated history and the ending is reportedly more “satisfying” now (although I would prefer an ambiguous ending in a movie to one that provides satisfying closure).
Currently no other film holds the October 12, 2012 release date but that will undoubtedly change in the months ahead.
Chris Nolan and Jon Favreau add their voices to April’s open letter appeal by The National Association of Theater Owners protesting to DirecTV’s new Premium VOD service, Home Premiere. Home Premiere is a video-on-demand service backed by four major studios, Fox, Universal, Warner Bros., and Sony, which provides audiences with the opportunity to rent a new film two months after release, for the price of $29.95. According to THR, the Batman Begins and Iron Man directors are two of the latest signatories to oppose the service among a group of high profile talent including Quentin Tarantino, M. Night Shyamalan and David Dobkin, plus screenwriter Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker) and former president of Warner Home Video, Jim Cardwell.
Hit the jump for more on this controversy.
Columbia Pictures has acquired domestic rights to Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal’s (The Hurt Locker) next movie, which has the working title Kill Bin Laden. The press release says, “the film focuses on the black ops mission to capture or kill Osama bin Laden, which culminated in his death earlier this month during a high-stakes raid on his compound in Pakistan. Bigelow and Boal have been developing the project since 2008 and plan to incorporate recent events into the film.”
We knew the project was moving forward because Joel Edgerton was recently cast as one of the special operatives. However, the press release says they’re going to start filming this summer and it’ll be released in late 2012. As one of the many who thought The Hurt Locker was a brilliant movie that not enough people got to see, I’m happy that Bigelow and Boal’s next release will be everywhere. Hit the jump for the full press release which has some quotes.
The suddenly timely thriller known by the working title Kill Bin Laden has found its first killer. After director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal, the team behind The Hurt Locker, spent recent days courting Joel Edgerton for the lead role, 24 Frames confirms the Australian actor has signed on to star. Sources indicate Edgerton will play a special operative, part of an ensemble of male commandos at the center of an mission to kill Bin Laden shortly after the 9/11 attacks. Initially the mission depicted was unsuccessful, but following the events of Sunday night, Boal reworked the script to end the movie with a 40-minute firefight that ends with Bin Laden shot in the head. Kill Bin Laden could shoot as early as this summer.
The martial male leads of the Hurt Locker male (Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty) were top notch — I’m excited to see who Bigelow and Boal get to surround Edgerton, a teriffic machismo centerpiece. The filmmakers are the first to succeed in a recent flurry of inquiries to Edgerton’s agent for a series of high-profile projects. Universal considered Edgerton for both The Bourne Legacy and Snow White and the Huntsman. Jeremy Renner eventually landed Bourne, and Edgerton passed Snow White on to Chris Hemsworth, the new top contender to play the huntsman. 24 Frames suggests Edgerton was shortlisted for one of the lead roles in The Hunger Games, which is the first I’ve heard of it. Hit the jump for a look at what role Lionsgate might want him for.
First off, a little perspective: I am aware that the extent to which the long-awaited death of Osama Bin Laden affects movies is miniscule compared to the closure and sense of justice that death provides to those affected by Al-Qaeda’s terrorism. If a sense of closure for families that lost someone on 9/11 is a “10″, then news about a Bin Laden movie is about 0.0001. But we’re a movie news site and the death of this hated piece of shit has affected various movies in production, most notably, Kathryn Bigelow’s Kill Bin Laden.
As we’ve previously reported Bigelow and Hurt Locker screenwriter Mark Boal want to do a smaller movie before moving on to the international drug crime drama, Triple Frontier. In January, we reported that the indie thriller was about the hunt for Bin Laden, but then Variety updated their story to say the film had nothing to do with Bin Laden. What could have led them to originally think that it did? Apparently the script is called “Kill Bin Laden”. And it actually does have something to do with the recent Al-Qaeda corpse. Hit the jump for more.
Screenwriter Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker) and financier Megan Ellison have optioned the rights to a New York Times Magazine piece about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. The story was written by Times executive editor Bill Keller and was published online on January 26th (you can click here to read it). The article details The Times and The Guardian’s dealings with Assange and the WikiLeaks organization. Boal has not yet committed to writing a script based on the Times Magazine’s piece. He is currently teamed with Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow to do an untitled indie thriller followed by the larger drama Triple Frontier starring Tom Hanks.
The Wrap reports that this is the latest of several Assange-based films in the work. Documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney is doing a film on Assange, and Josephson Entertainment and Michelle Krumm Productions have optioned Andrew Fowler’s upcoming biography on the WikiLeaks chief.
Last month, we reported that The Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal were planning to direct an indie feature before going to work on Triple Frontier. At the time, I speculated that it could an adaptation of David David Rohde’s series of articles for The New York Times, Held by the Taliban. Variety reported that the story would “concern black ops.” Now Variety is reporting that “the plot concerns the hunt for Osama Bin Laden.” IM Global has secured the worldwide rights to the untitled featured.
So it’s looking like Bigelow will head back to the Middle East for her highly-anticipated follow-up to The Hurt Locker. With filming on Triple Frontier already scheduled for the fall, I wouldn’t be surprised if work on this untitled indie feature starts no later than spring. [Update: Variety has updated their story and we have now been informed that the story has nothing to do with Osama Bin Laden.]
Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker) are shopping an international thriller that they plan to shoot before going into production on Triple Frontier. According to Variety, the indie project would “concern black ops and is based on a true story that has appeared in printed form.” It could be based on David Rohde’s series of articles for The New York Times, Held by the Taliban. However, at least as it really happened, that story didn’t involve “black ops”. Rather, Rhodes and two Afghan colleagues were taken to a tribal region in the northwest region of Pakistan and managed to stage an escape. While Boal has yet to write the script, it’s possible his and Bigelow’s pitch weaves black ops into the story.
For more details on how this project affects Triple Frontier, hit the jump.
Last month, we reported that Tom Hanks was “seriously considering” a starring role in Triple Frontier, the new film from Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker). Producer Charles Roven now tells ComingSoon that Hanks is officially on board. Roven added that they were still casting the other roles and they were aiming for a mid-March 2011 shoot. He also referred to the project as “Triple Frontier” and not as its other rumored title, “Sleeping Dogs”.
Written by Hurt Locker scribe Mark Boal, the film centers on a border zone of South America known as “la triple frontera”, and is a haven for drug cartels. There’s a strong Middle Eastern community who have long been linked to Islamic extremists and their money laundering activities. Hit the jump for more on Triple Frontier and a refresher on Hanks’ other projects.
Johnny Depp is in talks to star opposite Tom Hanks in Paramount’s Triple Frontier, a crime drama set to be directed by The Hurt Locker’s Kathryn Bigelow. The film is about the organized crime in the border areas between Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina. The script was written by Mark Boal, who won an Oscar for his Hurt Locker screenplay. Boal and Bigelow are producing with Charles Roven. According to Deadline, Boal’s script features five main roles; Hanks and Depp are eying the two major leads.
Scheduling issues could stand in the way of Depp starring in Triple Frontier: the film begins shooting in February, a month that’s already booked for Depp to film Dark Shadows with director Tim Burton. (That film is scripted by Seth Grahame-Smith, the author behind Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter who just sold a 3D adaptation of Lincoln to Fox with Burton producing.) Hopefully things can be shifted around enough for Depp to do both Triple Frontier and Dark Shadows.
Tom Hanks is reportedly circling a lead role in Kathryn Bigelow’s Sleeping Dogs (formerly known as Triple Frontier). Penned by The Hurt Locker scribe Mark Boal, the film is set within an organized crime district between Paraguay, Argentina, and Brazil while focusing on the lives of five men who work in said area. The film is set to begin production early next year and, while an offer is yet to be extended Hanks’ way, Heat Vision reports that the two-time Oscar winner is currently in talks with Bigelow to play one of the five principal leads.
The report also mentions Leonardo DiCaprio and Jeremy Renner as names mentioned alongside the project at one point or another. Back in August, we reported that Bigelow had met with Javier Bardem, Christian Bale, Sean Penn, and Will Smith about starring as well. In the meantime, Hanks is set to star alongside Sandra Bullock in Stephen Daldry’s (The Reader) adaptation of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and is starring in/writing/directing Larry Crowne which also stars Julia Roberts, Bryan Cranston, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw (TV’s Undercovers).