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THE HURT LOCKER team's deal for Hunting and Killing Osama is in place with Sony/Columbia!

Published at: May 24, 2011, 6:54 p.m. CST

Hey folks, Harry here...  Just got the following press release from Sony/Columbia.   We've no idea how far along they are in the writing and planning stage, but they've nabbed up the distribution rights to whatever Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal come up with.   I just hope it's better than HURT LOCKER, which had a brilliant performance by Jeremy Renner, but some leaps in logic that I just couldn't go along with.   Let's see what kind of film they end up constructing to capitalize on this year's biggest story.

 

 

 

COLUMBIA PICTURES ACQUIRES UNITED STATES DISTRIBUTION RIGHTS TO THE FORTHCOMING FILM

FROM OSCAR®-WINNING “HURT LOCKER” TEAM OF

DIRECTOR KATHRYN BIGELOW AND SCREENWRITER MARK BOAL

 

CULVER CITY, Calif., May 24, 2011 – Columbia Pictures has acquired United States distribution rights to the forthcoming motion picture from Oscar®-winners Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal, director and screenwriter, respectively, of the Best Picture-winning film The Hurt Locker, it was announced today by Amy Pascal, Co-Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment. 

 

The untitled 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.

 

Boal and Bigelow will produce the project, along with Annapurna Picture’s Megan Ellison, and executive producer, Greg Shapiro, with production slated to commence in the late summer of 2011.  The film will be released in the United States in the 4th quarter of 2012.

 

Commenting on the announcement, Pascal said, “With the death of Osama bin Laden, this film could not be more relevant.  Kathryn and Mark have an outstanding perspective on the team that was hunting the most wanted man in the world. .  Mark is second to none as an investigative journalist, and Kathryn will bring the same kind of compelling authenticity and urgency that distinguished The Hurt Lockerand made that film so memorable and special.”

 

KATHRYN BIGELOW won Academy Awards® for directing and producing her most recent feature film, The Hurt Locker, a look at an elite Explosive Ordinance Disposal squad in Iraq.  The film starred Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie and Brian Geraghty, and won a total of six Oscars®, including Best Picture.  Bigelow’s other films include Near DarkPoint BreakStrange DaysThe Weight of Water, andK-19: The Widowmaker.

 

MARK BOAL won the Academy Award® for his original screenplay for The Hurt Locker.  He also won an Oscar® for producing the Best Picture winner.  As an investigative reporter, he has written for such national publications as Rolling Stone, The Village VoiceBrill’s Content, Mother Jones, and Playboy. In 2003, he wrote Death and Dishonor, the true story of a military veteran who goes searching for his missing son, which later became the basis for Paul Haggis’s follow up to CrashIn the Valley of Elah, released by Warner Bros. in 2007. Boal collaborated with Paul Haggis on the script and shares a co-story credit on the film.

 

MEGAN ELLISON is the owner and CEO of Annapurna Pictures and the producer of the forthcoming Wettest County, directed by John Hillcoat. She was the Executive Producer of True Grit. Annapurna is financing and producing upcoming films by Paul Thomas Anderson, Martin McDonagh, and Andrew Dominik.

 

GREG SHAPIRO won an Academy Award® for producing The Hurt Locker. His recent credits include The Conspirator, directed by Robert Redford, and A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas.

 

About Columbia Pictures

Columbia Pictures, part of the Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group, is a Sony Pictures Entertainment company. Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation.  SPE's global operations encompass motion picture production and distribution; television production and distribution; home entertainment acquisition and distribution; a global channel network; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; development of new entertainment products, services and technologies; and distribution of entertainment in more than 140 countries.  Sony Pictures Entertainment can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.sonypictures.com.

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  • May 24, 2011, 6:58 p.m. CST

    who's funding this ? the cia?

    by robamenta

    great... more propoganda to mastubate to, while enjoying your 2 minutes of hate

  • May 24, 2011, 6:59 p.m. CST

    "I just hope it's better than HURT LOCKER..."

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Me, too, because if it is, my head will explode with joy. Logic leaps in "The Hurt Locker?" I saw none. Too engrossed. Note my post in the recent STINO 2 thread...

  • May 24, 2011, 7 p.m. CST

    I wish the Rambo vs. Bin Laden movie could happen...

    by brocknroll

    Too bad Sly retired Rambo.

  • Where were the leaps of logic, though? I'm actually curious.

  • May 24, 2011, 7:07 p.m. CST

    aaaaarrrrrrggggghhh

    by paul burnett

    used to get exited wi the headlines, cmon guys

  • May 24, 2011, 7:08 p.m. CST

    hurt locker

    by paul burnett

    blehh.. sorry but after seeing generaion kill,hurt loker blew

  • May 24, 2011, 7:11 p.m. CST

    renner......

    by paul burnett

    he was the bomb in 28 weeks later!!!

  • May 24, 2011, 7:14 p.m. CST

    hmm

    by D o o d

    not sure about this one!

  • May 24, 2011, 7:16 p.m. CST

    3d character

    by paul burnett

    his name is badger, but hes a seal!!

  • May 24, 2011, 8:03 p.m. CST

    the yellow, it burns my eyes!

    by DrPain

  • May 24, 2011, 8:29 p.m. CST

    Hurt Locker would not have won an oscar if directed by a male

    by Simpsonian

  • May 24, 2011, 8:30 p.m. CST

    The myth is more powerful than the lie.

    by justmyluck

    Has anyone Google'd "Tim Osman"? Here's your chance: http://www.google.com/search?q=Tim+Osman Zaero surprise that Hollywood would kick-start the gravy train on bin Laden's assassination. Oh, sorry, he came running out in a blaze of bullets with his supposed dialysis machine (if the kidney story is true at all). Just can't have enough boogeymen on movie screens to motivate new recruits, draftees or whatever impressionable youth gets handed the gun, missile system or whatever. And how come we only see "Black Ops" when bin Laden is involved? Wouldn't it be more interesting to see WHY they're called "Black Ops", despite the easy to pronounce video game name for the kids? That might take a bit more skill, be subversive and have that little gold Oscar bauble seek elsewhere. Or will Bigelow/Boal simply follow the valiant elite soldiers (you know, people who aren't *us" anymore) and show us hard it is to find someone to kill? One could rant all day, so here's an interview with Oliver Stone and Michael Moore where they trash HURT LOCKER. "Hollywood and the war machine" http://tinyurl.com/273zcpk

  • May 24, 2011, 9:02 p.m. CST

    Aah! Too yellow!

    by Timothy_Olyphants_Oliphaunt

    Can't read!

  • March 7, 2010 was when the Academy lost all credibility when they chose THL, a failure in every way, over the most popular film of all. One that resonated with critics and audiences. It was embarrassing to watch the Oscars give best director to Bigelow as a makeup call for not giving Sofia Coppola the 2003 director statue. Now Hurt Locker is shown occasionally on TMC-West while 50 years from now few will forget Avatar.

  • May 24, 2011, 9:48 p.m. CST

    Bigelow's career could be ruined by this

    by sunwukong86

    The title alone is atrocious

  • May 24, 2011, 9:56 p.m. CST

    I can picture the trailers already

    by Bobo_Vision

    It will be one of those trailers where they interview people who are exiting an early screening, and this screening will be done in New York, and they will interview a lot of Italians....people who come from families of cops and firemen. The soundbytes will sound like: <p> "Eh yo, we finally got a decent 9/11 movie where they kill that bastid Osama. This movie's the bomb." <p> "My sister Angela and I cried and cried throughout the movie....exhilarating and very moving. Must see movie of the decade." <p> "Yo, if you don't see this movie...you're not an American. Right, Carmine?" <p> "Carmine: Right."

  • May 24, 2011, 10:06 p.m. CST

    The climax: a bunch of guys shooting an unarmed old man

    by kevred

    Yeah, that's going to be great. Will they show him being shot in the head, execution-style, while helpless and undefended? Or will they turn it into some kind of heroic Team America bullshit? Christ, they dumped his body and hid the photos just to avoid this kind of rah-rah sensationalist nonsense. The last thing we need is "Please Like Me" Bigelow making a Hollywood production out of American ugly.

  • May 24, 2011, 10:08 p.m. CST

    Hurt Locker was garbage

    by kevred

    I went into it fully expecting to see a great, intense film, and all I got was a flatly directed, flatly acted, horrible pile of cliches and melodramatic nonsense. Really, it felt like I was watching a CSI:Miami marathon, not anything remotely resembling reality or even anything original. Stupid junk, it was.

  • You mean, the *assassination* of bin Laden. He didn't die in his sleep, get in a car accident, or have a heart attack. And I suspect this film could actually not be any less relevant. It has roughly the same raison d'etre as 'Atlas Shrugged'.

  • May 24, 2011, 10:20 p.m. CST

    Now i know

    by pauduro

    Im not seeing this crap...if its any thing like the Crap Locker no thanks cus wee all know you can just go and hit you supirior comandin oficer and jus go like nothing hapend YEA SHUREEEEE

  • Even though Obama had little to do with it other than give the order that any other President would have given. Oh, and it's funny how all the lefties praise Obama now, even though before this mission they were all cursing him for continuing Bush's policies. Hypocrites.

  • May 24, 2011, 11:07 p.m. CST

    another movie for the dollar bin right beside hurtlocker

    by skiff

    Hurt Locker sucked watched it once will never see it again.

  • May 24, 2011, 11:20 p.m. CST

    Since 2008

    by atan0669

    I believe I read somewhere this started as a project about the failed attempt to get Bin Laden in Tora Bora Afghanistan in 2003 which has been in development for a while. If this focuses on 2003 it could be very compelling.

  • May 24, 2011, 11:29 p.m. CST

    Will Obama take credit for the movie as well?

    by zacdilone

    "You know, when I gave the order to have Bin Laden killed, I knew from the get-go it was going to one day be a kick-ass movie. I have to give props to the great filmmakers who made my vision a reality."

  • May 24, 2011, 11:32 p.m. CST

    She was already making the film

    by DBCOOPER

    Bigelow was already planning on making a film about the search for Bin Ladin, which had gone on for 15+ years. There are plenty of books out there about the subject and the various bin Ladin units created to hunt him down. The screenwriter had a screen play fleshed out and everything, he just had to add a last act. The chances that anyone on the production team knew classified information about this particular operation is next to nothing. The press release is just trying to hype it up.

  • May 24, 2011, 11:34 p.m. CST

    Kevred

    by DBCOOPER

    What's your point? Getting assassinated is the same as dying, and no one is denying he was killed by U.S. ground troops. America has had the legal authority to kill certain vetted militant combatants since a short time after 9/11. Would you have preferred they attacked his residence with a drone attack or something?

  • Double standard, that's how it works with you, assholes. Fuck off.

  • May 24, 2011, 11:59 p.m. CST

    If Obama was hit like Bush was on 911, he'd recieve ALL THE BLAME!

    by ganymede3010

    However, he recieves none of the credit when the operation that HE authorized was executed to perfection. Remember, it was OBAMA who decided against bombing the Bin Laden compound. Obama was the one who ordered we send in SEAL team 6 to ensure he was killed. Ofcourse he gets none of the credit by the racists, because there's nothing he can do to satisfy or appease them. Everything he does is wrong, even when embraces the same policies they do.

  • May 25, 2011, 12:28 a.m. CST

    You people amuse me.

    by zacdilone

    Anyone who points out that Obama turned the Bin Laden assassination into a PR blitz is a racist? I give him plenty of credit for getting it done and having the guts to make the difficult call (as opposed to just bombing the crap out of the place). But he squandered that goodwill when he and his staffers turned it into a mini-campaign rally atmosphere. I don't blame Obama alone--I can just hear the frantic meetings in the West Wing and the DNC on Monday morning as they try to figure out exactly how to exploit it for maximum political gain. Would a GOP president have done the same thing? Most likely yes. And I'd have called him/her out for it as well. So call me an asshat or a racist, I guess, if it makes you feel superior for a moment or two on the internet. I call it as I see it--and I saw ego get in the way of an otherwise great moment in American history.

  • I bet if you asked anybody on the street what the film The Hurt Locker is about, they'd say they never heard of it or wouldn't know or give some smart ass response like, "is it porn?" But ask anybody about Avatar they'd go, "oh, the movie with the blue people. That's pretty good. I liked that." The Hurt Locker is now just a passe piece of war fiction which was liked by the Academy because it was directed by a woman. If it had been directed by a man, it would have never gotten nominated. Avatar meanwhile stirs film geeks up to this day. Some call it a masterpiece while others call it shit. Bottomline--Avatar is still controversial after almost three years now. And you can guarantee it'll still be talked about 10, 20 30 years from now. The Hurt Locker, nobody fucking cares.

  • May 25, 2011, 1:48 a.m. CST

    Great, another USA!!! USA!!! USA!!! jerkoff piece like "United 93"

    by DickBallsworth

    Smart money is on Bin Laden dying in 2001 with forged/faked video/audio tapes keeping his spectre alive for the past ten years in order to keep the money rolling in under the precept of furthering the "war on terror". Silly Americans.

  • May 25, 2011, 1:55 a.m. CST

    This sounds great to me. (IMHO)

    by oogles

    I'm as liberal as it gets. I don't think Obama has gone far enough against the conservatives in respect to health care and economic recovery. But if you read earlier reports on Hollywood Reporter and AICN you'd know that this script was in development LONG before Bin Laden was killed/"assassinated". I commend Obama (and even more so the Navy Seals who pulled it off) for making an extremely tough decision given that they were not 100% sure Bin Laden was in that house. You have to remember, had this backfired and Bin Laden wasn't hiding there, Obama would have faced a shitstorm (just like his birth certificate). Obama took a job defining risk and pulled it off. I also think this will make for a very compelling story as I know at least for myself (IMHO) I am interested in the intelligence gathering it took to pull something like this off and the struggle it was to find Bin Laden in Tora Bora in 2003. I am not naive enough however, to know that this won't somehow involve George Clooney.

  • May 25, 2011, 2:47 a.m. CST

    icanthavethat

    by WeylandYutani

    I actually thought the HL was well made... but I do agree with you: Generation Kill was a masterpiece and the definitive dramatization of the Iraq War to date. That David Simon can do no wrong: Homicide, The Wire, Tremé, Generation Kill. All of his work is almost flawless.

  • May 25, 2011, 3:16 a.m. CST

    Bin Laden should be played by...

    by the goose

    New Zealand's Cliff Curtis. You know, that guy from Blow, Three Kings, Training Day, Die Hard 4, Whale Rider et al. He's a dead ringer for OBL. He definitely has the acting chops. He's already played an Arab character in Three Kings. Check out his IMDB page and picture him with a beard... http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0193295/ (Yes I am a proud Kiwi... its been a long-standing joke within the NZ industry that OBL is the part Cliff was born to play!!)

  • May 25, 2011, 3:42 a.m. CST

    Killing Rommel.

    by Lemmys_E_string

    So Disney are grabbing all the rights they can to create money grabbing opportunities from a group of soldiers who assasinated a guy holed up in the Middle East. Somewhat ironic, given that they grew nervous about making a film based on a great novel about a group of soldiers trying to assasinate a guy holed up in North Africa. Guess those Nazis are yesterdays news.

  • May 25, 2011, 5:29 a.m. CST

    But will it be in 3D?

    by JamesTCT

  • May 25, 2011, 6:42 a.m. CST

    TDK didn't even get a nomination.

    by UltimaRex

    So Aliens 2 -oop, sorry "Avatar"- gets no sympathy from me. As for The Hurt Locker's Oscar, let me explain this again. Studio's like money so when it comes to a film that's already breaking records and a film that could take more cash if it had an Oscar the latter will take it. Every. Single. Time. It's not about which film deserves it, it's about which film will make more money with it.

  • May 25, 2011, 7:11 a.m. CST

    Maybe Hurt Locker didn't deserve an Oscar, but...

    by BlackBauer0320

    It was definitely not a terrible film by any stretch of the imagination, and to say so is a bit ridiculous. There are several great elements to it, most notably the tense tone it maintains throughout, as well as how character-driven the plot is. It takes a ton of shit now because of how much praise was heaped upon it early on and the expectations that came with it. Typical case of a solid movie getting more acclaim than it probably should have, resulting in everyone now saying it was never good in the first place. As far as Avatar deserving the Oscar? Come on. I loved the movie and can appreciate the new boundaries it set, but how can you rip The Hurt Locker for having plot holes and being cliche-ridden and then pump up Avatar? Some cool action sequences and 3D animation does not completely outweigh awful dialogue and a mediocre plot.

  • May 25, 2011, 8:03 a.m. CST

    People bitching about Osama being killed

    by m_prevette

    You are fucking kidding. All this bullshit about "shooting a helpless unarmed old man" - Fuck You. He deserved much worse. He should be dead. He should have been taken into the courtyard and burned alive. Fuck him and fuck anyone who has a problem with him being taken out. In the big picture does it change anything? No, not really. But he deserved it and more

  • and the twist is Osama shoots himself with the same gun he used to down one of the copters. It was his father's gun that, thanks to a praying accident, is charged with the power of Allah.

  • May 25, 2011, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Since 2008.The mission was with Delta Force...

    by frank

    Delta Operators came close to killing BinLaden in Tora Bora.They were called off by what the Delta commander said was "From higher ups."What he meant was that the White House called off the mission,or that's what he speculated.60 Minutes did a story about this years ago...

  • May 25, 2011, 10:29 a.m. CST

    You just shot an unarmed man...

    by Eddie_Dane

    Well, he should have armed himself.

  • May 25, 2011, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Christ, The Hurt Locker was so fucking shitty.

    by BooBoosDaddy

    I can only imagine that Boal and Bigelow's Osama movie will be equally as shitty. I'm still waiting on Carnahan's "Get Pablo" with Bale as the Delta Force ops chief that was proposed several years ago.

  • May 25, 2011, 11:10 a.m. CST

    To the talk backers who didn't get the whole leap in logic thing-

    by UltraTron

    Uh that would be the entire retarded film. A movie so stupid that actual bomb squad troops have rejected it as preposterous. They don't diffuse a car bomb in the middle of a concrete heap by risking a man's life. Not even if he's a crazy asshole who leaves his wife and baby behind because he's an adrenaline loving faggot. They blow those up wih mortar fire. Duh. I mean we're talking about literally the stupidest high profile movie I've probably ever seen. "with the death of.. film could not be more relevent"- actually it's not irrelevant, I agree. It is so relevant it made a disaster thousands of times worse than churnobyl completely disappear. You are all going to die. I just thought you should know. Oh and we made all this shit up just like the gulf of Tonkin.

  • May 25, 2011, 11:22 a.m. CST

    Question for all hypocritical right wing nut jobs:

    by Jango Fart

    Through all your bitching and accusations that Obama is taking full credit and stealing the military's thunder, you wouldn't happen to remember some National Guard duty shirking cowboy from Texas (actually from connecticut) that had the audacity to jump out of a jet in a flight suit (on a freaking carrier no less) during afternoon prime time then rattle off about the "end" of major combat in Iraq under a banner reading "Mission Accomplished"? And just how many soldiers and civillians have died or been horribly maimed since that day? And you're pissed at Obama over a few sentences that were true and spoken in front of a modest podium at 10:30 P.M.? "I ordered the strike". Wow. Is that all you got? No soldiers were killed. Minimal civillian fatalities. A freaking exit strategy! Seal Team 6 have deservedly become national folk heroes. No man woman or child, left right or in the middle, is overlooking them in any way. You dicks can respond with tired old snappy "lefty-socialist-commie" quips but nothing you say will ever prove you right. Assholes.

  • May 25, 2011, 11:30 a.m. CST

    product placement

    by treatment

    just wait for the Seal Team 6 action figures along with the swivel turban headed Bin Laden only $6.99 with the purchase of a large strawberry freeze at Burger King

  • May 25, 2011, 11:49 a.m. CST

    Could animosity for "The Hurt Locker" be because....

    by v3d

    It edged out fanboy fave "Avatar" for Best Picture and Best Director? And at eddie_dane, a gold star for quoting "Unforgiven".

  • May 25, 2011, 11:58 a.m. CST

    Now that he's done with basketball

    by REDD

    Will Scottie Pippen be available for the part of Bin Laden?

  • May 25, 2011, 11:59 a.m. CST

    The Hurt Locker was a complete crock

    by Spandau Belly

    Yeah, the performances were fine and the sequences were all put together, but I think any idiot can spot that the movie either wasn't researched or they just threw all their research out the window.

  • May 25, 2011, 12:03 p.m. CST

    will it be like Sliding Doors?

    by Spandau Belly

    Will this movie show the multiple paths fate can take by acting out all the official versions of these events? Will we see him die armed as well unarmed as well as hiding behind a woman who also somehow died or didn't?

  • May 25, 2011, 12:26 p.m. CST

    With respect to Jango Fart and having a realistic bin Laden film.

    by Sithtastic

    In his post, Jango Fart makes the following assertion with reference to the bin Laden compound raid: "No soldiers were killed. Minimal civillian fatalities. A freaking exit strategy!" This is what happens when you compare a solitary SEAL team raid in Abbottabad to an all out war in the entire country of Iraq, which was no small feat. No less a feat of comparing apples to oranges, no doubt. Lest we forget from the very beginning, president Obama has been forced to make tough choices in the war in Afghanistan by increasing troops (incidentally after being nudged along by the likes of none other than Bush holdovers Sec Def Robert Gates and General David Patraeus) and drone strikes along the Af-Pak border. I don't think I need to tell you his hard Left base (not his entire voter coalition) was none too pleased about either policy and don't even get me started over the on-again-off-again closing of Guantanamo Bay, a prison that still remains open. The truth is the bin Laden raid stands out as a stark exception in a long string of "wait-n-see", formless, shapeless, overly apologetic foreign policy from the Obama administration. But none of that should stop us for giving the president credit in a situation that could have gone tits up as easily as Desert One did for the Carter administration. The president took a risk and came out on top. Good for him. (Nevertheless, need I even pause to note the irony of a raid carried out by those once called "Dick Cheney's Assassination Squad" by a Nobel Peace Prize winner? As priceless as it is awkward.) As for dramatizing the whole thing on film, the hunt for bin Laden actually goes all the way back to the 90's when the Clinton administration actually had set out rather haltingly to capture bin Laden, but called it off, due to their lack of faith in the intelligence on the ground and their capability to do so. The film should actually start there, if it means to be honest and comprehensive. Regardless, none of this should be demagogued and we should do well to remember elections are largely won and lost on domestic issues, so there's no need for any kind of crowing. Just play this straight and portray a signifigant victory in an ongoing struggle against violent global Islamic extremism.

  • May 25, 2011, 12:27 p.m. CST

    Hey all you idiots...

    by WhySoSerious

    It's funny how you all bitch that Obama didn't do the killing, he only issued the order...um, the same could be said about Osama. Osama didn't do the killing, Osama just issued the order. It's the same principle. Obama issued the order, the seals executed the order, Obama is the figure head and gets credit. Osama issued the 9/11 order, the terrorists executed the order, Osama is the figure head and get's the credit.

  • May 25, 2011, 12:27 p.m. CST

    BalesCrackheadOscar

    by BooBoosDaddy

    No, my animosity towards The Hurt Locker isn't because I'm mysoginistic towards Bigelow. i happen to love Near Dark and like Blue Steel. My animosity towards that movie stems from the fact that as a veteran who has been directly involved in some hairy shit, that movie was a complete and total fabrication. Absolutely bullshit. ya want realistic war movie? Generation kill and Blackhawk Down (to a large extent, but so much information had to be condensed.) But that movie? Ugh. i don't want to spend more time listing all the bullshit scenes. Complete fabrication.

  • May 25, 2011, 1:31 p.m. CST

    A Misjudged Project

    by nightmute

    I'm a big fan of Bigelow's earlier films. The Loveless, Near Dark, Blue Steel, Point Break, Strange Days. They are all highly stylised, violent, influential thrillers/actioners. She deserves an Oscar, but I'm not sure it should be for Hurt Locker, which I found unengaging and too familiar. You know, desert cammos, dust, sand, ragheads, blazing sun... It lacks that uniqueness which made her earlier films stand out. I'm certain that winning an Oscar will now send her scrambling for worthy or issue-driven films that the Academy loves, and we won't see another Point Break melange of action craziness, or a hyperstylish horror like Near Dark. She's "respectable" now, and look at the damage respectability can do to formerly interesting directors. Curtis Hanson made slick, entertaining thrillers until he decided that winning an Oscar meant he was a SERIOUS director. Jonathan Demme followed Silence with the most ridiculously worthy film you could imagine, Philadelphia. It seems to be a kiss of death. Now we have Kill Bin Laden lined up, which the Academy will love. Serious subject matter, true life story etc. But how relevant will it be when it gets released? We're already forgetting about Bin Laden. Who's going to care in a year's time? Get Bigelow to do a Bond movie. That would be fucking cool, and would return her to messing with genre conventions, which is what she excells at.

  • May 25, 2011, 1:39 p.m. CST

    Osama was dead long ago

    by Abdul_Alhazred

    Bin Laden died not long after the false flag stand down attacks of 9-11. He's the perfect villian, since he's stone dead. Fake videos where his appearance changes, fake "audio tapes" to keep the fear alive in order to justify the war theatre and the cattle like treatment of the American populace at home. It's all lies, based on more lies. This Psy-Op on the American people, that their evil bad boogeyman was finally killed by our shining State Daddy Figure's Special Forces Elite, is preposterous. Then...just you can't verify any of the claims whatsoever, he was THROWN OVER THE SIDE OF A BOAT. Here's the alleged greatest terrorism intelligence coup EVER, and you shoot the motherfucker and toss his ass in the sea. Right. The movie will hammer home the CIA talking points. Yay! More hegemony. More war. Gotta get those terrorists...now they're REALLY angry!! But for you, me, us, the Government action line is simple: Hop in an airport body scanner, drink your fluoride, sit down, shut up, watch TV and celebrity news and this BS tale of the Bad Man's Execution.

  • May 25, 2011, 1:41 p.m. CST

    Struggled with Hurt Locker.

    by Lemure_v2

    Started really well, but by the time Renner is getting depressed about how horrible and futile the war is, I wanted to scream "what did you expect when you signed on? Candyfloss and bunnies?"

  • May 25, 2011, 1:59 p.m. CST

    Christ, harry--the yellow, it burns!

    by soma_with_the_paintbox

    Anyway, this project might be good, even though the narrative palette they have to choose from might make for an even more unsubtly black-and-white film than the Hurt Locker was.

  • May 25, 2011, 2:39 p.m. CST

    fluoride?

    by Eddie_Dane

    seriously?

  • May 25, 2011, 3:03 p.m. CST

    We all know that Bin Laden never really existed.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Come on, his entire life was just an elaborate conspiracy created in the late 1950s by right wing think thanks -- funded by the Rothschilds, Henry Ford's estate, the Freemasons, the Directors Guild of America, Ray Kroc and Jerry Lee Lewis -- who were anticipating the end of the Cold War, itself an elaborate plot formulated in the 1800s. They planted the seed, and it grew into a mighty oak.

  • May 25, 2011, 5:59 p.m. CST

    fuck all of you liberal morons

    by goatherdingclownhunter

    You are a pack of idiotic fucking losers.

  • May 25, 2011, 8:07 p.m. CST

    hurt locker

    by bellscorners

    couldn't get into it and just can't remember much about it to this day. soooo average. i liked the adrenaline/war junkie theme i guess, and renner sold it pretty good. but very average movie, and i never got all the acclaim. as for osama bin laden... up here in the great white north, we hardly knew him. now he swims with the fishes, which reminds me a bit about that shark 3d flick, trailer's up... freshwater sharks. maybe if bigelow did something with bin laden AND freshwater sharks, i could get excited. that's a potent combo. go jose bautista! MVP!

  • May 25, 2011, 10:36 p.m. CST

    jango fart

    by zacdilone

    The issue isn't Obama stealing credit from the Seals. The issue is the image he projected that turned the killing of Bin Laden into a PR/publicity stunt for his administration. He was the one who said we shouldn't "spike the football" by showing the death photos, but he certainly made up for it by spiking the football in other ways. Hell, if "Saturday Night Live" points it out, it's certainly true--they've been no friend of the right. I had no problem with Obama's speech on Sunday night...in fact I commended him for it, just as I commend him for making the call in the first place. But the next few days seemed to be the "Bin Laden Victory Lap Tour," and that simply showed a lack of class in my opinion.

  • May 26, 2011, 4:46 a.m. CST

    They should pay *everyone* who sat through that POS

    by Cash907

    whether they paid for it or not, everyone who gave up two hours of their lives should be compensated. Goddamn that was a horrid movie. *shudder*

  • May 26, 2011, 9:23 a.m. CST

    Fuck yeah, Obama deserves credit for giving the order.

    by Stalkeye

    Wheras Bushie said that Osammy was no longer a top priority.Fuck off Neo Con-artists! And of course Seal Team Six should get shitloads of residuals from the film as they are the REAL heroes.

  • May 26, 2011, 9:31 a.m. CST

    RE: "You are a pack of idiotic fucking losers. "

    by Stalkeye

    Oh don't hate b/c a Democrat President is receiving praise by many all over the fucking world for taking down Bin Laden in which "Dumbya" dropped the fucking ball throughout 2 TERMS!! Typical of American infighting (mostly from the Right-ous) instead of some harmonious celebration for taking down Public Enemy #1. Keep this shit up and we ALL will soon be speaking Cantonese. (0:'

  • May 26, 2011, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Hurt Locker Studio Lawyers are suing file sharers

    by NickDWolfy

    I thought this was interesting info. They are going after 24,583 people for file sharing. "The USCG is looking to pull $2,000 from each individual – a meaty $95.81M if everyone coughs up the cash. The movie itself only raked in $17M at the box office, and even if only a fourth produced the $2,000 fine, that would still be more than what the film actually earned." http://www.tomsguide.com/us/The-hurt-Locker-Voltage-Pictures-Copyright-Infringement-BitTorrent-USCG,news-11307.html

  • May 26, 2011, 12:57 p.m. CST

    kevred

    by BranMakMorn

    It wasn't a sporting event, why attack him when he is "ready"? it was an order to kill a terrorist who didn't have any qualms murdering thousands. And if you can't come up with how suspenseful or intriguing the hunt for the UBL can be, that's not enough of a reason why a director who received an Oscar about a bomb squad might be a lot smarter and braver than you creatively.

  • May 26, 2011, 1 p.m. CST

    Osama had TWO arms & ten years to prepare so good riddance.

    by BranMakMorn

  • May 26, 2011, 1:27 p.m. CST

    nickdwolfy, That's old news.

    by Stalkeye

    And they can kiss my ass.

  • May 26, 2011, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Love "The Hurt Locker"

    by ChickenStu

    I'll quite happily run this up the flagpole. Whatever it is. btw, Harry Lennix as Barack Obama. You know it makes sense.

  • May 26, 2011, 7:33 p.m. CST

    People saw what they wanted to see in the after op

    by Jango Fart

    Some swear they saw Obama in a diamond studded pimp hat victoriously riding a golden chariot being pulled by everyone else but him. Others like myself didn't get that impression at all.

  • May 26, 2011, 7:55 p.m. CST

    zacdilone

    by Jango Fart

    my real thrust is how nobody, NOBODY, brings up W's aircraft carrier antics when they get pissed at whatever it is they interpret Obama to be doing now. What qualifies as a victory lap in your eyes? Or rather, which of the two PR events take the gold for "Most Outlandish Self-Congratulations": "Mission Accomplished" or "Bin Laden is Dead"? Don't answer me because you'll probably just be dishonest with yourself. I'll put it to you this way, the winner won by the length of an aircraft carrier. *There's literally no amount of sense or reasonable points of view that you guys can entertain*