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Hollywood Chases Bin Laden Capture

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood June 27, 2011 at 1:46AM

Hollywood is always responsive to trending hot topics--like the death of Osama bin Laden. Who will get close to the secretive Navy SEALS to dramatize this pivotal moment in American history? First at bat is Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow and producer/writing partner Mark Boal, who are ramping up a SEALs bin Laden movie for Sony. The film will focus on the black ops mission that ended with bin Laden’s death in May 2011. Producer James Jacks is also developing a SEALS Afghan war movie, Hindu Kush, that is picking up steam.
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Thompson on Hollywood

Hollywood is always responsive to trending hot topics--like the death of Osama bin Laden. Who will get close to the secretive Navy SEALS to dramatize this pivotal moment in American history? First at bat is Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow and producer/writing partner Mark Boal, who are ramping up a SEALs bin Laden movie for Sony. The film will focus on the black ops mission that ended with bin Laden’s death in May 2011. Producer James Jacks is also developing a SEALS Afghan war movie, Hindu Kush, that is picking up steam.

Another possible way into the story: military film advisor Captain Dale Dye has written a graphic novel based on the capture of bin Laden, Code Word: Geronimo, to be published by IDW Publishing in September.

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Co-written with Dye's wife Julia, the novel is based partially on the insights of people in special operations and on what Dye calls “Scientific Wildass Guesses. It’s based on what I know and my own experience and background. I can extrapolate and say these things quite probably did happen, without actually knowing them. I think that works fine.”

Dye, a retired US Marine Corps Captain, has served as military advisor on films including Full Metal Jacket, Born on the Fourth of July, Saving Private Ryan, and Platoon, written military-themed screenplays and novels, and acted in various roles such as TV's Falling Skies and Tom Hanks’ upcoming Larry Crowne.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.