Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal respond to charges of inappropriate collaboration with the White House on Bin Laden film


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Earlier today, Representative Peter T. King (R, N.Y.) called for an investigation into the White House’s cooperation with the makers of an upcoming film about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden, citing a recent column by The New York Times‘ Maureen Dowd that stated that “the moviemakers are getting top-level access to the most classified mission in history.” King, who is chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, expressed his concern that, with the Bin Laden movie slated to be released just weeks before the 2012 election, the Obama administration may be leaking classified information to the filmmakers for its own ultimate political gain. In a press briefing, White House spokesman Jay Carney called King’s accusations “ridiculous,” saying that the filmmakers had not been given any classified information whatsoever and adding, “I would hope that as we face the continued threat from terrorism, the House Committee on Homeland Security would have more important topics to discuss than a movie.”

Now the filmmakers, director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal — who collaborated on the Oscar-winning film The Hurt Locker — have offered their own statement, disputing King’s charges: “Our upcoming film project about the decade long pursuit of Bin Laden has been in the works for many years and integrates the collective efforts of three administrations, including those of Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama, as well as the cooperative strategies and implementation by the Department of Defense and the Central Intelligence Agency. Indeed, the dangerous work of finding the world’s most wanted man was carried out by individuals in the military and intelligence communities who put their lives at risk for the greater good without regard for political affiliation. This was an American triumph, both heroic and non-partisan, and there is no basis to suggest that our film will represent this enormous victory otherwise.”

The still-untitled film is scheduled for release on Oct. 12, 2012.

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  • Person

    I’m really looking forward to this movie.

    • Tom Strong

      OH NO!!! Don’t actually tell the truth and accurately portray history!!

      • Bungo

        Let’s hope this one is a little better than her last piece of crap (the Hurt Locker). That movie was so far removed from reality that it should have been classified “Fantasy”.

    • Larry_Kelly

      Don’t let me spoil the ending, but Osama is in bed with wife #15 and then …

  • tundraaim

    me too

  • cygnusx3

    Doesnt King have more important matters, like keeping us solvent, to take care of? This is just another right-wing tool throwing flaming darts at Obama. I think it’s kewl the president is open to working with movie makers, and not a complete secrecy nazi. I’m pretty sure Obama is educated enough to know what he should and shouldnt release about that top secret mission.

  • Cheyenne cove

    All this movie can cause is more bruised feelings and terror alert. This is were free speech stops. And if president obama allows this he will never get re elected.

    • Hiro Kitty

      Tin foil hat alert!

    • kaydevo

      Hopefully you are being sarcastic. If not, Hiro Kitty is correct.

  • Nancy

    Honestly, you didn’t need to make a movie out of this. What you should have done was bring that guys body Stateside, and let everyone have a good look at it to know that we really got him. A movie just looks like more propaganda. The war isn’t even won yet, and you are making documentaries? Why don’t you guys put your camera’s down and go and enlist. Yeah, you are “arists”.. Suuuureeee..

  • Al

    The White House won’t even release the names of the military members who sacrificed themselves in the helicopter crash, but they’ll give carte blanche to these film makers?

    • Alyssa

      read the article the didnt get anything

    • matt

      Did you even read the article? “the filmmakers had not been given any classified information whatsoever “, typical partisan hack you are.

    • kaydevo

      Just like Rep. Peter “Hair-on-Fire” King, you are making things up to get people riled about nothing.

    • Kevin7

      You need to read before you post unless you prefer sounding like a idiot. It says they did not receive any such material.

  • tomm

    If Bush killed him, Fox would be all over this saying ‘See our Movie!’

    • Red

      The salient point being, you’ll never see anything out of Hollywood that presents Bush in a positive light. On the contrary, a 2006 film depicted his (fictional) assassination! Glad bin Laden is dead and kudos to all involved, but I hope KB does not decide to dabble in propaganda.

      • Andy

        You see when the film is being released, don’t you? One month before the election? Tell me this isn’t another kind of propaganda, ala Michael Moore.

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  • Paul

    Of course the Republicans would suspect that it was all a plot on the part of the Democrats — Because it is EXACTLY the kind of plot that Republicans would be involved in! After all, they cooked up Iraqui WMD and even planted a shill, a fake news reporter (Jeff Guckert) in the White House press pool. Their low morals and party-first politics are guiding them in this accusation as with everything else that they do.

  • chris


  • Lizzie Gra

    LET ME BE CLEAR – Obama did not get Bin Laden, nor should he get credit for it. My fellow troops got Osama – despite Obama’s lack of support to the military. Obama was nowhere to be found when US Troops killed Bin Laden. Give credit where credit is due!

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