Report: Hollywood has interest in Bergdahl's story, including from 'Hurt Locker' director

Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal

Director Kathryn Bigelow, right, and filmmaker and journalist Mark Boal are planning a movie on Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, according to a report, but could have competition. (Associated Press photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision)

The Hollywood forces behind “The Hurt Locker” and “Zero Dark Thirty” could tell Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s story on the big screen, according to a report from a well-known industry news site. said earlier this week that Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal  are “in the early planning stage” of a project on the recently returned prisoner of war.

Bigelow became the first woman to win the Oscar for best director with “The Hurt Locker” in 2008, and she and Boal both produced that movie as well as “Zero Dark Thirty,” a version of the Osama bin Laden raid that benefited from close collaboration with high-level U.S. officials. Maybe too close, according to reports.

The pair has been considering a Bergdahl-based project for years, according to Deadline. This could lead to a production setup similar to  “Zero Dark Thirty,” which began as a film on the fruitless search for bin Laden until being overcome by events in fairly spectacular fashion in 2011.

Competition on the Bergdahl-movie front could come from Fox Searchlight — Deadline reported the studio has secured the rights to “America’s Last Prisoner of War,” a 2012 Rolling Stone article on Bergdahl written by Michael Hastings. Hastings, whose profile of Gen. Stanley McChrystal led to the officer’s resignation (and, eventually, to a separate movie project that will star Brad Pitt), died one year ago today in a car accident.

Would you watch the Hollywood treatment of the Bergdahl case? How would you like to see it play out on the big screen? Let us know in the comments below.


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  2. As a former EOD tech, and multi-tour vet, Hurt Locker was truly the worst movie I’ve ever seen. Poorly written, bad acting, and full of farces and inaccuracies. I know the person the story was stolen from, and the article that started it. She did to the EOD and the military, what her ex husband did to the memory of Titanic; and she only won that Oscar as reward for not ruining his money-train career by exposing his chronic domestic abuse. Go Hollyweird! Berg is a traitorous collaborator, not a POW, and she will be heralded as another Jane Fonda for it. R.I.P. America. Boycott any version of it.

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