ZERO DARK THIRTY, Bigelow’s Hunt for Bin Laden
For fans of HBO’s The Newsroom, the new trailer for Zero Dark Thirty is very timely, as last Sunday’s episode pertains to the same subject as this film: the death of Osama Bin Laden. (Sidebar, even if you don’t watch The Newsroom, at least watch “5/1” episode just for being an American. You will cry.) Here comes the latest installment from Kathryn Bigelow, who won an Oscar for Best Director for The Hurt Locker, another American war-related action thriller. Bigelow won her Academy Award on the same night her ex-husband, mega star director James Cameron was competing for the same award for Avatar (Many people don’t know they were once married and I like to point it. Us chicks need to stick together). Screenplay writer Mark Boal, who also won an Oscar for his original screenplay on The Hurt Locker, worked with Bigelow once again on this project.
Given the touchy subject material, it’s no surprise that there has been a bit of controversy surrounding this movie already. President Obama has given Bigelow and her team unprecedented access to information during research for the film. The film was originally supposed to be released in October 2012, right before the 2012 Presidential Election, leading some to believe this would contribute to the pro-Obama camp. The film’s release has now been pushed to December 19, 2012.
Here’s the official synopsis, which doesn’t give away much:
This is Bigelow’s follow up to The Hurt Locker with writer Mark Boal. The film chronicles the US search and killing of Al Queda leader Osama Bin Laden. The Navy SEAL Team 6 tracks down wanted terrorist Osama bin Laden.