Since she took home the Oscar for Best Picture and Best Director for The Hurt Locker, Kathryn Bigelow has searched for her next film. Earlier this year, Bigelow announced she would be tackling the story of the last years of Osama Bin Laden’s life. After the Navy SEAL raid killed Bin Laden, her choice in films proved downright powerful.
Now, a member of Congress is having an issue with Bigelow’s film as it will include the terrorist leader’s demise in the final moments of the flick. Congressman Peter King is claiming that the Obama administration has leaked classified information on the raid to Bigelow and her creative team in order to make the film.
Bigelow’s film is written by Mark Boal and follows Seal Team Six, the heroes who tracked down and killed the world’s most wanted man. Boal’s screenplay was written long before Bin Laden was killed and the actions of those American soldiers were only added after history happened.
Representative King’s issue with the film is he believes that Obama has given access to Bigelow and Sony Pictures so that they get the story right instead of going off of hearsay. Hollywood has a long history of taking top secret international information and fictionalizing it. King, chairman of the House committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to the Department of Defense and the CIA to join him in the investigation into this supposed leak in national security.
“The procedures and operations that we used in this raid are very likely what we'll use in other raids,” King said in his letter. “There’s no way a director would know what could be tipping off the enemy.”
Bigelow’s film is scheduled to be released three weeks before Election Day 2012.