Hollywood ready to put deadly mission on film

OSAMA BIN LADEN’s death is blockbuster news for Hollywood, whose attempts to dramatise the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have largely bombed.

Instead of churning out little-seen films about death and destruction wrought upon civilians and military personnel, the studios are looking to cash in on a resurgent American pride about the hunt for the world’s most wanted man.

The Oscar-winning director of The Hurt Locker — an Iraq war film that earned just $17 million at the box office — has a chance to reach a wider audience with an aptly named follow-up, Kill Bin Laden.

According to entertainment news website Deadline.com, Kathryn Bigelow and Hurt Locker screenwriter Mark Boal have been working for some time on their project about an earlier, unsuccessful mission to capture bin Laden.

Details about the film’s plot were sketchy, but the filmmakers will likely need to rework the script to take into account recent developments.

Television will likely rush out a few quick movies if history is any guide. Within six months of the successful Israeli hostage rescue mission in Uganda in 1976, two television movies had been broadcast. The rescue of US soldier Jessica Lynch in Iraq received similar treatment in 2003.

The Navy SEALs — short for SEa, Air and Land — responsible for killing bin Laden, have already made it to the big screen, in an action thriller of the same name starring Charlie Sheen.

Director Lewis Teague said a new movie should be similar to United 93, a semi-factual, real-time depiction of events aboard one of the ill-fated 9/11 flights. He said any film should get full co-operation from the Navy SEALs since they videotape all their operations.

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