Kathryn Bigelow, director of the Oscar-winning war film "The Hurt Locker," is reportedly developing an action thriller about the U.S.-led hunt for Osama bin Laden.
A team of Navy SEALs shot and killed the al-Qaeda leader, who masterminded the September 11 terrorist attacks, during a raid of a compound in Pakistan on Monday, May 2.
The Associated Press quoted a person close to Bigelow and "The Hurt Locker" screenwriter Mark Boal as saying that the filmmakers are moving forward with the new film project. The two have not commented. Bigelow and Boal began developing a thriller said to be about bin Laden back in December 2010. Work on the project's script began in January.
"The Hurt Locker" tells of a U.S. bomb squad in Iraq in 2004 and stars Jeremy Renner. The film won six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, in 2010. Bigelow won the prize for Best Directing and Boal took home the award for Best Writing (Original Screenplay).
Bigelow is also known for directing the cult surfer crime film "Point Break," which stars Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves.
Bigelow and Boal are also working on a film tentatively titled "Triple Frontier," which centers on a group of men working in a border zone between Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil, which has been a suspected haven for organized crime and terrorists. Actors linked to the project, set for release in 2012, include Tom Hanks and Johnny Depp.
The "Triple Frontier" between the countries is difficult to monitor and control. In 2002, a year after the September 11 attacks, the area was dubbed "the center of Middle Eastern terrorism in South America." In 2006, the United States suspected Muslim members of its communities raised funds for terrorist organizations, including al-Qaeda.