You know the ending, but Zero Dark Thirty producers promise it’s the beginning of the movie you’ll want to know most about anyway.
Columbia Pictures released the first trailer today of a film that attempts to dramatize Osama Bin Laden’s assassination.
“I’m fascinated by people who dedicate themselves to really difficult and dangerous things for the greater good,” writer Mark Boal told Entertainment Weekly. “I personally want to know how they caught bin Laden. All I can do is hope that it interests other people.”
The US Navy’s SEAL Team 6 stormed Bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan on May 2, 2011.
Bin Laden and four others died during a three-minute military operation that was years in the making.
Zero Dark Thirty (a military term for 30 minutes past midnight) is slated for a Dec. 19 release and stars Chris Pratt, Jessica Chastain and Joel Edgerton.
It’s directed by Kathryn Bigelow, who won an Academy Award for another modern warfare flick, The Hurt Locker. Boal also wrote (and won an Oscar) for that film.
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The pair was working on a Bin Laden film even before the notorious Al Qaeda leader’s death. It was to focus on earlier attempts to capture and kill Bin Laden, mastermind of the 9/11 attacks.
“The minute we heard the news that Osama bin Laden had been killed, what we had been working on became history,” Bigelow told Entertainment Weekly. “As interesting a story as that would have been to tell, the news re-directed our entire efforts. It changed the movie idea forever.”
The film isn’t without it’s controversy already.
Boal and Bigelow – along with the CIA and President Barack Obama’s administration – stand accused of a too cozy relationship.
Critics said the filmmakers are just producing Obama campaign propaganda, and suggest the White House played fast and loose with classified intelligence.
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said he is troubled too many details surrounding the raid were released.
“My concern is that there were too many people in too many places talking too much about this operation,” Gates said earlier this year, Politico reported. “We want to retain the capability to carry out these kinds of operations in the future.”
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