Kathryn Bigelow to Follow 'Zero Dark Thirty' with a Movie About a Controversial Prisoner of War

Kathryn Bigelow to Follow 'Zero Dark Thirty' with a Movie About a Controversial Prisoner of War

Mar 09, 2015

Unlike a lot of filmmakers these days, Kathryn Bigelow is not afraid of courting controversial topics. The Hurt Locker took on the psychology of the Iraq war by focusing on one man who keeps putting himself in the line of fire (and explosives) again and again and again because it's the only thing he can truly feel any more. She zoomed out her focus a bit more with Zero Dark Thirty, which tracked the psychology of the American government post-9/11 and its black site operations that fueled the pursuit of Osama Bin Laden.

And now her third film is sticking in similarly hot button territory, as she's moving forward on a movie about US soldier Bowe Bergdahl. If you're unfamiliar with Bergdahl, the very short version of his story is that he wandered off of a military base in 2009, was then held prisoner by the Taliban for five years, and was later released in a prisoner exchange. That alone would make for an intense story, but there's still unanswered questions about why Bergdahl left base in the first place, what he went through for five years, and why the US made a rare deal with a terrorist organization to get him back.

Mark Boal, who wrote The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, will write the movie, while Megan Ellison will produce. And while this project was actually announced last year, it looks like all three are now making it a priority, with Bigelow in particular pushing aside another movie she was attached to (Triple Frontier, about the South American drug trade) in order to get going on this.

 

 

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