By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist March 2, 2012 at 12:59PM
Well, the cameras are now rolling in India for Kathryn Bigelow's upcoming film, and controversy is already brewing. Of course, there is still that ongoing (and pointless) Pentagon investigation about whether or not Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal were leaked classified documents, but now a different kind of concern has hit the production.
Reports out of India reveal that radical group Vishva Hindu Parishad showed up on set, disrupting the filmmakers. Their concern seems to stem from a lack of understanding about how movies are made, angry that the Indian city of Chandigarh is being made to look like the Pakistani city of Lahore (the flimmakers were denied a permit to shoot in the latter). "They have made Chandigarh like Pakistan, as if it is Pakistan," said Vijay Bhardwaj, the leader of VHP. "We strongly oppose this and we will not let them put Pakistani flags here and we will not let them shoot for the film." Man, he should talk to New Yorkers about films set in Manhattan but shot in Toronto.
Anyway, word is that production is proceeding as usual, with talks ongoing to appease the VHP, so nothing to see here. Also in that same report from Reuters (via Deadline), a new working title has been revealed -- "Zero Dark Thirty" -- which is military speak for 30 minutes after midnight (roughly the time Seal Team 6 landed; Osama Bin Laden was killed shortly after 1 AM on May 2nd). Finally, and bear in mind this is ubsubstantiated and probably not true, but NDTV says that Brad Pitt has swooped in and shot a part in the movie. Sounds like BS, but who knows.
Joel Edgerton, Jessica Chastain, Edgar Ramirez, Kyle Chandler, Mark Strong, Chris Pratt, Jason Clarke, Harold Perrineau, Nash Edgerton, Jennifer Ehle and Fares Fares star in the movie that will hit theaters on December 19th.