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Monday, June 16, 2014

Kathryn Bigelow developing Bowe Bergdahl movie

Of course this is happening.

Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal are evidently developing a film about the recently obtained American "POW" Bowe Bergdahl. Bigelow has a history of military and police themed movies including The Hurt Locker, K-19: The Widowmaker, Point Break, and Zero Dark Thirty.
If you live under a rock and haven't heard about this guy, he was apparently captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan back in 2009. He was recently recovered after President Obama traded 5 terrorist detainees from Guantanamo Bay back to Qatar for the Army sergeant. The swap was quickly met with controversy as fellow soldiers from Bergdahl's unit claim he was not captured but abandoned his post and went AWOL to join the Taliban. Bergdahl is currently recovering at Fort Sam Houston in Texas.

This projhect will apparently be featured under Boal's new production company, Page One, and Bigelow will direct. There is no telling which angle this film will approach the Bergdahl controversy or what will happen with this guy from now until this film would be released. There are lots of people calling for him to face court-martial and be tried by the US Army for going AWOL.
Apparently these two have been following this story for quite sometime and have been working on a script. Similar things happened with Zero Dark Thirty as Bigelow was following the US search for Osama Bin Laden and had Boal rewrite the script after he was killed by US Navy SEALS.

Either way this is a ways away as Bigelow is currently set to direct The True American, a story of an immigrant from Bangladesh who was maimed in an attack by an American seeking revenge for 9/11. Tom Hardy is set to star as the American inmate, Mark Stroman, but a start date has not been officiated. 

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