Hollywood's Pet Villain
Lee, Chris, Newsweek
Byline: Chris Lee
Tinseltown has been chasing Bin Laden for as long as the military has.
Osama Bin Laden's demise may have triggered ebullient flash mobs across America, but in Hollywood--where several feature films about the Qaeda leader have been plodding along for years--the news elicited a wholly different response: calls of "Rewrite!"
In death, bin Laden seems to have delivered moviedom a parting gift. Screenwriter Mark Boal and director Kathryn Bigelow, who nabbed Oscars for 2008's Iraq War thriller The Hurt Locker, had already been working on a film about the frustrated military strike team that had been stalking bin Laden across Pakistan and Afghanistan with no kill shot for their efforts. Now the moviemakers are scrambling to come up with a new ending, depicting that team's firefight inside the Abbottabad compound. The movie, still untitled, "is going ahead on schedule," with production slated to begin this summer, Boal told NEWSWEEK.
Hollywood studios and documentary makers have been circling bin Laden for years, with mixed results. In 2006 Paramount Pictures acquired the rights to Jawbreaker, a tell-all by CIA point man Gary Berntsen detailing a 2001 military mission to terminate the Qaeda leader. …