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Ever since U.S. military forces took down Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden in May of this year, one nagging question has plauged our collective consciousness: when will be getting the movie? Well that question has been answered, again, by Voltage Pictures, which is currently looking to develop their film 'Code Name Geronimo' on exactly that subject. The film will focus on a small group within the Navy SEAL unit who ultimately killed the terrorist mastermind, charting their mission and giving us an introspective view of their lives. 'Code Name Geronimo,' which will begin shopping for buyers next week at the American Film Market, will be directed by John Stockwell whose previous work includes 'Turistas' and 'Into the Blue.' The film is slated to begin shooting in January of next year.
It was inevitable that we would be getting a movie about the death of Osama Bin Laden, and rightfully so. This was an event brimming with historical and cultural significance so the appeal to tell that story cinematically is obvious. But now it seems we're getting two movies. Kathryn Bigelow ('The Hurt Locker') is also working on a film about the killing of Bin Laden titled, for the moment, 'SEAL Team 6.' Her film seems to have a very similar plot so it'll be interesting to see how the films distinguish themselves. I have a great deal of faith in Bigelow in this regard after 'The Hurt Locker' so I'm not worried about her film, but Stockwell's catalog thus far isn't terribly impressive. But then again, I've seen plenty of directors come out of nowhere and make great films so that isn't especially troubling. I would just implore both filmmakers to give this story, and the story of those soldiers, the weight it deserves.
What do you guys think? Is next year too soon for a Bin Laden movie? For two?