Kathryn Bigelow and Todd Field line up rival Bowe Bergdahl projects
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Army sergeant Bowe Bergdahl has been free for less than three weeks, but two major Hollywood filmmakers are already prepping movies about his controversial service in Afghanistan and the five years he was held captive by the Taliban. Todd Field (Little Children) will adapt the late Michael Hasting’s story about Bergdahl, “America’s Last Prisoner of War,” which ran in Rolling Stone magazine in 2012. A rep for Field confirmed that the Oscar-nominated filmmaker will produce and direct it for Fox Searchlight.
Meanwhile, Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal are also developing a Bergdahl project. The two creative collaborators, who also made the Oscar-winning The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, would produce along with Megan Ellison, with Boal also writing the script. Bigelow, who already has another politically-charged post-9/11 fact-based tale to tell, True American, is not currently considering this is a project to direct. It is unclear what Boal’s script will be based upon; according to TIME, neither project has Bergdahl’s “life rights.”
In May, Bowe Bergdahl was traded for five high-profile Taliban prisoners after five years of being held in Afghanistan as a prisoner of war. He was the final American soldier held by the enemy, but the prisoner swap quickly erupted into a political firestorm when soldiers who had served with Bergdahl accused him of deserting his post before his capture and causing the deaths of American soldiers who died allegedly in the effort to find and rescue him.
Below is a 2012 Fox video about Hasting’s article: