Updated: Reps for Mark Boal have told The Playlist that the plot details regarding Osama Bin Laden are untrue and IM Global does not have worldwide rights to the film.
Well, we were already very curious about the black ops thriller Kathryn Bigelow was cooking up with writer Mark Boal, and now our interest has spiked considerably.
In the midst of a Variety report about IM Global picking up the sales rights to the currently untitled film, which it will will take the Berlin European Film Market next month, a juicy little morsel about the plot seems to have fallen through with trade revealing: "Sources say the plot concerns the hunt for Osama Bin Laden." Which, if true, is very, very exciting. Not much was known about the project when it was first announced other than it would be a low-budget affair, an international thriller, and based on a still undisclosed true story that has appeared in written form. Whatever Boal and Bigelow have planned, they want to keep it close to the chest for now.
As for when the picture might shoot, the trade says they hope to have it in the can before the fall start of the South American drug trade drama "Triple Frontier." Wait, fall start? That might be news to producer Charles Roven, who recently said the picture was gearing up to film in March or April. Either way, the black ops thriller currently has no backing and it would need to ramp up quickly and the pieces would need to come together remarkably fast if Bigelow and Boal want to shoot it sooner rather than later.
The black ops thriller or "Triple Frontier" -- we'll take either one frankly. "The Hurt Locker" was an assured, electric piece of work and both of these projects sound intensely interesting and promise to follow in somewhat similar thematic territory. We guess we'll know after the Berlin European Film Market closes if sales were made or not and if the film can move forward, but with an already stated low-budget project from an Oscar winning director, it shouldn't be too hard to drum up interest. [via /Film]