Director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal are back in the headlines—three years after the debut of their controversial portrait of the hunt for Osama bin Laden, “Zero Dark Thirty”—with separate projects that bring them back to familiar terrain: the so-called “War on Terror.”
Oscar winner Bigelow (“The Hurt Locker”) is currently developing jihadi recruitment drama “The Recruiters” at HBO. Bigelow will executive producer the project, written and directed by Somali-born Canadian polymath K’naan Warsame, with former HBO president Carolyn Strauss. Bigelow last worked with HBO while directing the pilot for “The Miraculous Year,” which was not picked up.
For his part, Boal and his production company, Page One, have teamed up with Sarah Koenig and company for the second season of the blockbuster podcast “Serial,” which debuted Dec. 10. Boal began recording his revealing, wide-ranging conversations with American serviceman Bowe Bergdahl—who walked off his base in Afghanistan in 2009 and ended up in Taliban captivity for five years, before being released in May 2014—in preparation for a potential film project, and the audio features prominently in the season premiere of “Serial.” (No word yet on the status of the Bergdahl film, though if “Serial” achieves the same success as it did with the story of Adnan Syed, that should help its chances of being produced.)
Also coming up for Boal is “Uncharted,” which follows a descendant of explorer Sir Francis Drake as he searches for the fabled golden city of El Dorado.