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Columbia nabs Bigelow’s KILL BIN LADEN

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
May 24th, 2011

Well, that didn’t take too long. With the current working title of KILL BIN LADEN, Kathryn Bigelow and her writing right-hand man Mark Boal have found a home for their next film, at least on the North American distribution side of things.  Columbia Pictures has picked up the domestic rights to film, which follows “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.”

The film has been in the works since 2008, so I would imagine that some re-working has been done to the film’s narrative after the death of bin Laden, but with a late 2012 release date eyed, it looks like all things are go for this project.  It shoots this summer.

Joel Edgerton will star in the film, which will likely garner quite a bit of buzz both from the film world, as well as the general public, particularly in the wake of bin Laden’s death.  Expect this news to make huge waves in the coming days, and for good reason.  Not only is it topical, but with the talent of Boal, Bigelow and Edgerton behind the film, this is definitely one hell of an intriguing project.

What do you think?

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