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 »

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If you think there are too many Snow White films in development, just refresh your memory on the list of films planned around the life of Julian Assange and his organization WikiLeaks. There’s a documentary to be directed by Alex Gibney, an HBO/BBC co-production based on Raffi Khatchadourian‘s June 7, 2010 New Yorker article called No Secrets: Julian Assange’s Mission for Total Transparency, and a possible film based on Andrew Fowler‘s forthcoming biography of Mr. Assange, called The Most Dangerous Man in the World.

But wait! There are more, including one film that may be written by Mark Boal, and another for which Paul Greengrass is being mentioned as director. Read More »

OK, let’s try this again. About 24 hours ago we told you that the low-budget ($10m or so) ‘international black ops thriller’ by Katherine Bigelow and Mark Boal, her writer on The Hurt Locker, was being repped for international sales by IM Global, and that it might have something to do with the hunt for Osama Bin Laden. Mark Boal’s reps quickly squashed that report, but it turns out that an update on the film didn’t come out of nowhere. The film is now fully financed, and will shoot this summer, with Bigelow and Boal’s Triple Frontier to go before cameras afterward. 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 »

Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal‘s political action thriller Triple Frontier, which has Tom Hanks set to star, is one of the more promising films that might roll film this year. It takes place in the so-called ‘triple frontier’ where the borders of Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil intersect, which is reportedly a gangland haven and source of terrorist funding.

But there has been some question about when the movie would actually shoot, and whether it might wait until the Bigelow and Boal team make another quickie political thriller. Now producer Charles Roven has given an update on the project, which suggests it might shoot sooner than we last thought. Read More »

Even before The Hurt Locker swept the late ’09 / early ’10 awards season, culminating with Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay wins, director Karthryn Bigelow and her co-producer and writer Mark Boal began work on another film. That picture, Triple Frontier (also briefly called Sleeping Dogs), has generated interest from major players like Tom Hanks and Johnny Depp.

But getting all the pieces together is taking time and a December/January shoot became a March 2011 shoot, and now the film won’t go before cameras until fall 2011. But there’s good news, as the Bigelow/Boal team are planning to make another smaller “international thriller” first. Read More »

Johnny Depp in The Rum Diary [set photo]

Johnny Depp‘s schedule is packed, but when the chance comes up to work on a reality-based dramatic action thriller with the team that won last year’s Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture Oscars, you bet he’s going to try and make time.

So Mr. Depp is now in talks to join Sleeping Dogs (or Triple Frontier, depending upon whom you believe) from director Kathryn Bigelow and co-writer Mark Boal. Read More »

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Kathryn Bigelow, who won the Best Director Oscar for her work on The Hurt Locker, which also won Best Picture, is working again with her Hurt Locker co-writer (and, ahem, Oscar winner) Mark Boal on Sleeping Dogs. The film has been taking some time to come together, but now has one very high-profile actor linked to a big role. Tom Hanks is said to be quite interested in the picture. Read More »

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