Osama Bin Dead!
We ask the important question....how will this affect Hollywood?
Osama Bin Laden is dead. America's most wanted public enemy for the last 10 years has been killed by U.S forces in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Initially the story was Osama bin Laden was found at his purpose built mansion and that he personally fought of the US special forces (Scarface anyone?). details of the attack are still coming out, but one truth has became evidently clear - there is a serious internal conflict in the Pakistani Government with Pakistani intelligence, ICI. Many are still amazed at how fast this all happened - especially because the Pakistani Government didn't even know about the planned attack. This has brought some comfort for those who have lost loved ones because of that crazy bastard. But now we have to wonder what the real implications of this will be. No I'm not talking about the diplomatic strain this may cause between US and Pakistan, or how much of an impact this may have on the vast terrorist network.... I'm talking about the fate of certain movie projects on this subject matter.
Two movies certainly come to mind. Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow in recent weeks has been preparing and starting to cast an indie movie with the [working title] Kill Bin Laden, an action thriller about a failed Black Ops mission to capture bin Laden in the mountainous border region between Pakistan and Afghanistan....this may now need to be tweaked. I mean come on, surely we would first need to have a story that reflects real events as they stand. His capture and death sounds bloody interesting. Maybe then we can revisit the botched plans and mishaps. Or it could be a franchise! like a Black Hawk Down trilogy?!...okay maybe not.
The other movie is a previously stalled effort to bring Jawbreaker to the big screen. It is based on a book by U.S. intelligence operative Gary Berntsen about the December 2001 American-led military mission to hunt and kill Bin Laden right during the opening stages of the 9/11-prompted invasion of Afghanistan that the author as the CIA pointman had helped coordinate with Special Operations Forces. The heavily vetted book detailed how close those forces came to finding and executing Bin Laden in the rugged mountains of Tora Bora until they were pulled back after a decision was made to let Pakistan tribal leaders lead the search -- a decision experts felt helped Bin Laden get away.
The Jawbreaker script has worked its way through several incarnations since then, from the newest vehicle for Tom Clancy's heroic Jack Ryan (The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger and The Sum of All Fears) to Oliver Stone's follow-up to his film World Trade Center. No projects have managed to get off the ground, but perhaps recent events will light this effort again.
These sound promising so they need to be made quick, or at the very least amended to include this celebratory ending.
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