Hollywood has new options with Osama bin Laden’s death

About three years ago, screenwriter Mark Boal became fascinated by the possibility of a movie about U.S. special forces' attempt to root out Osama bin Laden fromAfghanistan's Tora Bora district.

Boal and director Kathryn Bigelow, who were collaborating on a then-little-known Iraq film, "The Hurt Locker" (for which they would both win Oscars), were intrigued both by the manhunt and the ways the terrorist leader had eluded capture. They would go on to option a book called "Kill Bin Laden," a memoir purportedly by a member of the Delta Force who was involved in the Tora Bora mission after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

News of Bin Laden's demise at the hands of U.S. forces has now thrust the duo's project — which was due to begin shooting in the coming months — directly into the Hollywood limelight, and the filmmakers into a predicament: How should they adjust the story, if at all, to take into account the latest developments?

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