Posted on Thursday, October 20th, 2011 by Angie Han
Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal‘s untitled Osama bin Laden thriller has been sparking political controversy ever since it was announced, with one of the points of contention being its release date. A few months ago, Sony set a date of October 12, 2012 for the picture’s release, irritating some who believed that it would help President Barack Obama during next year’s presidential elections by reminding voters of one of his administration’s most notable achievements.
Partisan bickering over the movie isn’t likely to die down anytime soon, but Sony has announced a schedule shift that should at least make the timing less of an issue. According to new reports, the studio has decided to push back the film, though it’s not known at this point when exactly it’ll get released, or what the motivation was behind the change. More details after the jump.
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The new film from the Oscar-winning team behind The Hurt Locker, Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal, may not yet have a title, but it now has a release date. Sony has set the film for October 12, 2012, seemingly positioning the movie squarely as an awards contender. The film, called Killing Bin Laden (or Kill Bin Laden) at one point, was already in the works when Osama Bin Laden was killed earlier this year; at the time it was referred to simply as a small-budget black-ops thriller. A connection to Bin Laden was rumored, but denied. That stance was very quickly reversed, however, when the death of Bin Laden made any project chronicling that killing the object of great desire in Hollywood.
At this point we still know little about the project. Joel Edgerton will reportedly star, and the script is based on the communication Mark Boal has had with the actual Navy SEAL team responsible for killing the terrorist figurehead. We know the third act, originally conceived to represent a failed mission, was rewritten at the last minute, but beyond that specifics are few and far betwee. [Deadline]
Point Break was released in theaters on July 12th 1991, twenty years ago today. The action film was directed by Kathryn Bigelow, the future Academy Award winning director of The Hurt Locker who was at the time married to James Cameron. Keanu Reeves starred as Johnny Utah, an FBI agent who goes undercover to catch a gang of bank robbing surfers (led by Patrick Swayze). Here are five quick facts that you probably didn’t know about the movie:
- The word “fuck” is spoken 105 times.
- The movie was almost titled “Johnny Utah” after Keanu’s character name.
- Elizabeth Berkley (Saved By The Bell, Showgirls) had a small role in the movie as “Macrame Girl”, but her scene was cut out.
- Johnny Depp, Matthew Broderick and Charlie Sheen were among the other actors who supposedly auditioned for the role of Johnny Utah.
- Johnny tells Bodhi to meet him at “Patrick’s Roadhouse”, an inside joke to the movie Swayze made a couple years prior – Road House.
Leave your memories of the film after the jump. We’ve also embedded a making of documentary.
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Here’s a minor update on the film that The Hurt Locker collaborators Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal have been rapidly altering in the wake of Osama Bin Laden’s death. The movie once referred to as Kill Bin Laden and Killing Bin Laden is now untitled (we knew that was never going to be the real distribution title) and it looks like Sony will be the company that ends up with distribution rights. Read More »
Looks like the stars aligned for Joel Edgerton. The man who earned new fans though Animal Kingdom after years in the trenches was a possible lead for both The Bourne Legacy and Snow White and the Huntsman. But Bourne slipped his grasp and now he has passed on Snow White and the Huntsman. Instead he’ll be a key part of the film being called Kill Bin Laden, which is the Kathryn Bigelow picture that focuses on a raid intending to take out the Al Qaeda leader. Read More »
So will the inevitable ‘Death of Bin Laden’ film be a gritty indie or big studio effort? As soon as President Obama announced that Osama Bin Laden had been killed, you know that studio execs started calling each other to figure out what properties were already in development that could be reworked as a movie about the killing of Bin Laden.
It was only an hour after the first announcement that the Al Qaeda leader was dead that Deadline ran a piece about two Bin Laden films that are close to a starting point. One is a Paramount film based on the book Jawbreaker, written by CIA operative Gary Bernsten, which is about the first attempt to kill Bin Laden in the initial invasion of Afghanistan that took place right after 9/11.
The other film is Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal‘s movie Kill Bin Laden — that’s the small ‘black ops thriller’ that the two have been prepping parallel to Triple Frontier. We heard months ago that the film might be about the hunt for Bin Laden, and while that news was denied at the time, turns out it was quite correct. And now it looks like Kathryn Bigelow will be the one to bring a Bin Laden movie to the screen first. Read More »
This Thursday, DirecTV is launching a revolutionary new service called Home Premiere which will allow subscribers to view movies just two months after they open in theaters. Not only is the National Association of Theater Owners strongly opposed to this, we recently surmised that it could just be the next step in the total and utter death of movie going as we know it. Today, twenty-three high profile Hollywood filmmakers agree.
Why on earth would you give audiences an incentive to skip the highest and best form of your film? My films aren’t going to the home early, but many will, and that will weaken the movie theater industry—and then my movies are threatened.
That’s the sentiment of James Cameron, the director of the two highest grossing films of all time. He and Peter Jackson, Michael Bay, Kathryn Bigelow, Guillermo del Toro, Roland Emmerich, Jon Landau, Shawn Levy, Michael Mann, Todd Phillips, Brett Ratner, Adam Shankman, Gore Verbinski and Robert Zemeckis are part of the roster of filmmakers who have signed a letter expressing the creative community’s problems with this service. Read it in full after the jump. Read More »
(UPDATE: Too good to be true, I guess. Mark Boal’s reps reached out to The Playlist and told them that both the Osama Bin Laden angle is wrong, as is the report that IM Global has worldwide rights. This twigged odd given that producer Charles Roven had recently said, as linked below, that Triple Frontier would shoot this spring. That seems to be the report to rely on now. Apologies for any confusion. Original article follows.)
Kathryn Bigelow and her co-writer on The Hurt Locker, Mark Boal, have been prepping two projects. One, Triple Frontier, was in development all of last year and is scheduled to shoot sometime in 2011 — either in the spring or not until fall, depending on where you get your info. The other is a low-budget international black-ops thriller that is currently without a publicly-announced title.
Which film will get made first? That’s been the question, and the latest info suggests that the international thriller is taking the lead. And the subject matter may involve Osama Bin Laden. Read More »
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