Kathryn Bigelow is so much more of a varied director than her career choices for the last couple of films (including the recently announced Tom Hardy, mistaken-identity thriller) have made her appear. Near Dark, Point Break and Strange Days are emblematic of how diverse she can be and while I have no doubt she will bring it with this new project, especially aligned with screenwriter Mark Boal, it makes me nervous to see her involvement with yet another film about our military entanglement with the Middle East.
But, hey…I have no doubt she knows what she’s doing and amping the controversy seems to only sweeten the pot for Bigelow. So…bring it, lady.
Oliver Lyttelton of IndieWire writes of the recent announcement: “The director/writer pair had a certain amount of backlash from “The Hurt Locker,” but nothing compared to their follow-up “Zero Dark Thirty” — willfully misread by some as being pro-torture, and well-researched to the extent that some wanted to investigate where their sources come from.
But that may have been the tip of the iceberg compared to what might come next, as Deadline report that the pair, through Boal’s new Megan Ellison-backed company Page One, are planning to make a movie focusing on the story of Bowe Bergdahl. In case you’ve been in a coma for the last couple of weeks, Bergdahl is the U.S. soldier who was kidnapped by the Taliban after wandering off his base, and held captive for five years.
Reportedly Boal and Bigelow have been looking into the case for years, but the announcement surely comes in response to recent weeks, in which Bergdahl was freed in exchange for five Taliban fighters, causing an uproar among the right-wing, who then subsequently made claims that Bergdahl was a traitor who’d attempted to desert and, in the particularly crazy corners of the internet, even that he was a “Homeland”-style sleeper agent.”
Lyttelton writes of a peculiar announcement that tells of a second, identical project announced today as well: “Looks like Bowe Bergdahl might already be the new Truman Capote: Deadline already report that a rival project to Bigelow & Boal’s is in the offing, with Fox Searchlight acquiring the rights to “America’s Last Prisoner Of War,” an article by late Rolling Stone reporter Michael Hastings about Bergdahl. “In The Bedroom” and “Little Children” helmer Todd Field is involved, presumably as a writer/director, though we hope he shoots his adaptation of Jess Walter’s brilliant novel “Beautiful Ruins,” set to star Imogen Poots, first. Read the original article here.”
For more about this announcement and all the particulars, visit Indiewire.