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What do Mark Boal and Kathryn Bigelow know about the Osama bin Laden raid? New info on ZERO DARK THIRTY

Joshua Brunsting

May 24th, 2012

Kathryn Bigelow’s upcoming film ZERO DARK THIRTY is a topical project that just got a bit more interesting.

Finding the director back in the trenches (pardon the play on words) alongside her HURT LOCKER partner in crime Mark Boal, the film will look at the raid that found Osama Bin Laden at the wrong end of Seal Team Six’s bullets, in what will likely be the year’s most talked about film.

Early in the film’s production, the team was accused of procuring top secret or high level documents relative to the events leading up to Bin Laden’s death. According to the watchdog group Judicial Watch (with a hat tip to EW) the pair chatted with the “planner, Operator and Commander” of the mission, making this feature, for all intents and purposes, the closest thing we’ll get to being on that mission. Color me excited.

The fact that they were given “extraordinary and secret access” to information ranging from specifics about the raid to details like names of a Six team leader is both harrowing from a national defense perspective, yet enthralling from a cinematic one. With such attention to detail and accuracy, it seems like it’s really bound to be one of the year’s strongest films, despite potential ethics concerns regarding its crafting (as far as the US government is concerned, anyway).

That said, ethics be damned, we are in for something insanely special here.

Source Judicial Watch

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  • https://twitter.com/#!/haversam [A]

    “making this feature, for all intents and purposes, the closest thing we’ll get to being on that mission” ~hm-hmm, sounds about right. Color me excited too

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