So the Osama bin Laden Film Is Coming When?
As the details of the Special Forces operation that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan began to emerge Sunday night and early Monday morning, I couldn't help but think of Munich. The 2005 Steven Spielberg film chronicled (with some creative license) the Israeli government's methodical response to tracking down the Black September terrorists who massacred 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany. If you've seen it, surely you can see the parallels -- a secret team relentlessly tracks the people responsible for a heinous act of terrorism, picking them off one by one over a span of years until the proverbial debt is squared.
With the help of a veritable legion of intelligence officials, seemingly futuristic weapons and months of preparation, Navy SEALs Team Six did much the same thing to bin Laden Sunday, raiding his $1 million compound and double-tapping him to make sure the job was done. I couldn't help but think of Munich because it's a great movie, because I'm a huge movie buff and because when you peel away the initial shock of finally hunting down bin Laden after 10 long years, isn't the most fascinating thing about all of this the way in which a mass murderer who had eluded international authorities for so long was finally caught?
Apparently, I'm not alone in that thought process.
Kathryn Bigelow, most famous for being James Cameron's ex-wife and directing Point Break until she won the Best Director Oscar for The Hurt Locker last year, already has a bin Laden movie in development titled Kill Bin Laden and dealing with a previous attempt on the al Qaeda leader's life by the very same SEALs Team Six unit. The word now is that the direction of the project may change, and hey, why not.
The operation that resulted in bin Laden's death is as gripping as a major motion picture, and there's nothing Hollywood loves more than having its work done for it. Heck, when it comes to spy thrillers, I'm not sure there's anything I'd rather watch than a detailed account of what went down this weekend.
Of course, the big screen might not be the only place we see the raid rehashed. President Obama followed the proceedings Call-of-Duty style via souped-up helmet cameras, and it looks like video game developers could borrow heavily from the raid in the next iteration of Call of Duty or Medal of Honor.