Reports are swirling around that director Kathryn Bigelow’s next film will be centered on POW Bowe Bergdahl, a US Army soldier tortured and held captive by Taliban affiliates in Afghanistan from June 2009 to May 2014. Circumstances surrounding the disappearance of Bergdahl, who ended up in enemy hands after wandering off base, were a hot topic in the media, which speculated about the soldier’s potential misconduct and rumored anti-American sentiments.
Last year, Annapurna Pictures acquired rights to another Bigelow film, “True American” starring Tom Hardy, about the story of Bangladesh Air Force officer and disgraced immigrant Raisuddin Bhuiyan. But it appears that the yet-to-be-titled Bergdahl project will instead be her next film, with Annapurna’s Megan Ellison also backing.
Bigelow and her stalwart screenwriter Mark Boal (Oscar-winning screenwriter and producer behind “The Hurt Locker,” “Zero Dark Thirty”) will tackle this film ahead of “True American” and her long-awaited, currently shelved “Triple Frontier,” a sprawling South American crime drama initially set up at Paramount. Deadline’s Mike Fleming finds that, after a little digging, Bigelow has pushed “Frontier” aside.
Fox Searchlight also has a Bergdahl film in development, based on the book “America’s Last Prisoner of War,” which Todd Field was attached to direct. No word yet on where the Searchlight film stands.
Meanwhile, you can watch Bigelow’s must-see anti-poaching PSA “Last Days,” a 2014 NY Film Festival premiere, here.