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Get Your Oscars Ready: Kathryn Bigelow's Seal Team 6/'Kill Bin Laden' Movie Hits On October 12, 2012

by Kevin Jagernauth
July 28, 2011 7:05 AM
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Continuing to be developed well under the radar, almost to the point where we were wondering if it was still happening, Kathryn Bigelow's "The Hurt Locker" followup, her currently untitled Seal Team 6 flick now has a firm release date: October 12, 2012 -- right in the heart of awards season.

Since late last year, Bigelow and writer Mark Boal have been hard at work on the black ops thriller, the details of which, at the time, were being kept under wraps but was rumored to be about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden. Those rumors turned out be true but when the Al Qaeda leader was suddenly killed the spring, it was reported that Boal a former investigative reporter, shifted his research and resources and was already rewriting with a section covering the 40 minute firefight that resulted in Bin Laden’s death. Even more, Aussie actor Joel Edgerton was said to be a frontrunner for the untitled film—also referred to as “Kill Bin Laden”—and despite Columbia picking up the rights to the film, nothing has been heard on casting since. And considering Edgerton will be busy on Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" this fall, we'd guess he's no longer in the running.

Of course, any other details are being sealed (ha!) for now. But with a release date now looming just over a year away, updates should begin to trickle out soon. There is no other film slated for that weekend yet, but the film is now poised to be a major player on the fall festival circuit next year (you can bet Venice and TIFF folks are making calls now) and will be a strong contender to get Bigelow back on the podium in the Kodak Theater. [Deadline]

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3 Comments

  • troy | July 28, 2011 9:01 AMReply

    She shouldn't have won the first one. Good to see people are still praising her for a very very mediocre film.

  • hank | July 28, 2011 8:18 AMReply

    "we don't know shit about this film, but she's going to win another oscar"

  • hmm | July 28, 2011 7:38 AMReply

    Does anyone else think that this endlessly reprinted Boal/Bigelow publicity shot looks a little like a pre- and post- gender reassignment surgery shot for a surgeon who pulled the gender switch off with aplomb and wants to show off to drum up business?

    Anyone? No? It's just me?

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