Daily Discussion: Should the Murder of Osama Bin Laden Become a Movie?

Daily Discussion: Should the Murder of Osama Bin Laden Become a Movie?

May 02, 2011

Late last night word came down from President Obama that the world's most famous terrorist had finally been killed. Thousands across the United States gathered in places like Times Square, Boston Commons, Ground Zero and outside the White House to celebrate the death of Osama Bin Laden, which was kind of a strange event since everyone was using their most spirited post-Superbowl win chants to indicate their happiness over one man's murder. Sure, this was a man who murdered thousands of innocent people as leader of the Al Queda terrorist organization (and certainly deserved his fate), but it still seemed odd to find folks dancing in the streets. Young folks, too, some of whom were only babies when the 9/11 attacks took place.

Almost immediately the Hollywood trades began discussing the eventual Bin Laden movie. It's fairly safe to say that, as we speak, several industry professionals are using all of their contacts and connections to piece together yesterday's events in order to turn it into the next big blockbuster. The Hollywood Reporter was first out of the gate with news that  Hurt Locker director Katherine Bigelow and writer Mark Boal were debating the next steps on their already-in-the-works movie, Kill Bin Laden, which tracks the botched attempt to assassinate the terrorist back in 2001.

Chances are Bigelow and Boal will re-tool their movie and possibly refocus it so that it tracks either both attempts to kill Bin Laden, or just the most recent one. Meanwhile, a memoir about the elite Navy Seal group that killed Bin Laden has attracted some heat. Seal Team Six is an elite group of Navy Seals who are sent in for the real important missions, and this memoir is from one of their members.

No, this isn't from someone who was there during the Bin Laden raid; it's from a retired member who fought as a Seal during the first Gulf War and the Somalia conflict. Still, though, considering he was part of the same team that killed Bin Laden -- and that this book will reveal a lot about who these guys are and what sort of top-secret training they undergo -- one expects this book to be in high demand.

In today's Daily Discussion, we want to know what you think about the eventual Bin Laden murder movie. How would you like to see this event covered on the big screen? And who would do the best job with the material?

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