Now a Great Time for Bin Laden-Killing Movies

May 2, 2011


In the wake of last night's huge reveal that Osama bin Laden has been killed, you had to figure Hollywood would be at least as quick to make some money off this story as they were to get a royal wedding movie going last week. Lucky for the studios, they've got a head start, finding the equivalent of a forgotten warehouse of "Got-R-Done" t-shirts in two bin Laden-killing themed films already in development.

First, Deadline reports, is a project being called Kill Bin Laden, from Kathryn Bigelow. Another collaboration with The Hurt Locker's Mark Boal, the script is said to cover an earlier, obviously-failed mission to track down the al-Qaeda leader. That film is still in the casting phase, so there's still plenty of time if they want to update the ending with something more conducive to high-fiving. Or at least amend the "where are they now?" credits montage.

On another front, back in 2006, Paramount optioned the rights to Jawbreaker, a book about the hunt for bin Laden, and had a draft written for Oliver Stone to direct as an obvious follow-up to World Trade Center. Stone's take apparently didn't work out so well, though, so the studio talked about using the script as the basis for a Jack Ryan movie but ultimately just threw it in a corner with the thought, "Well, mayyyybe if we kill the guy or something, we'll take another look." Now that that's happened, you can expect some motion with that.

Charlie Sheen, meanwhile, still won't shut up, and has already declared "AMERICA: #WINNING." An unexpected conclusion to the Hot Shots trilogy is staring us in the face.

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