Mark Twain once wrote, "I've never wished a man dead, but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure." Well, there are a few folks in Hollywood who read Osama bin Laden's obituary this morning and, perhaps unique amongst the majority of Americans, got a little miffed. It appears that Hollywood had a prominent movie in production about killing the dude, which may now need to undergo major changes. Thanks to Hollywood Reporter for making us aware of it.
The film in question is Kathryn Bigelow's highly-anticipated follow-up to The Hurt Locker, which won Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay at the 2010 Academy Awards. Bigelow had been working with her Hurt Locker screenwriter Mark Boal on the film, currently titled Kill Bin Laden, which is set to tell the story of an unsuccessful Black Ops mission to kill the al Qaeda leader. Bigelow is reportedly taking the next week to figure out how to alter the production to incorporate yesterday's news. She has the option to do nothing, since the movie is about a separate historical event, but resisting the urge to at least add a coda to the existing storyline must be pretty damned difficult.
Beyond that, it appears that Paramount Pictures had previously acquired the rights to Jawbreaker, a separate production about yet another failed attempt to kill Osama bin Laden shortly following the tragic events of 9/11. Production had apparently completely stalled on the project, but industry analysts are suggesting that Paramount might want to jump right back into production to capitalize on the weekend developments.
What's most amusing to us is the fact that nobody figured we'd have caught Osama bin Laden by the time these movies would have been released, which would be at least a couple years in even optimal conditions. It's almost like we'd been resigned to the notion that we'd never get the guy. It's nice to see cynicism go unrewarded, even if means a great filmmaker like Kathryn Bigelow is pretty darned inconvenienced right now.
Crave Online will return with more Kill bin Laden news as soon as we stop singing, 'America, F**k Yeah!'