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When planning films based on the lives of real, living people, those films are understandably altered when their subjects, well, get assassinated for example. Kathryn Bigelow's 'Zero Dark Thirty,' centering on the Navy SEAL team that hunted down and killed terrorist leader Osama bin Laden, is due in theaters early next year. But prior to bin Laden's death, Bigelow and her writing partner Mark Boal were working on a completely different movie about the al-Qaeda leader. The original film was going to revolve around the failed attempt on bin Laden's life in Tora Bora in 2011. Though they initially scrapped that idea and reworked it into 'Zero Dark Thirty,' that may not be the last we hear of it. Boal even alluded that they could return to that previous script and retool it as a prequel, or at least he didn't seem averse to that idea when someone suggested it during an interview. As of right now, no official moves have been made to put the prequel into production.
I am very much looking forward to 'Zero Dark Thirty.' I think what Bigelow did on 'The Hurt Locker' more than demonstrates her knack for modern military storytelling, and she therefore seems the perfect choice to direct the filmic version of bin Laden's demise. This idea of a prequel is sort of bizarre. What would be the point of doing a movie about almost killing public enemy number one when we'll have already seen the movie about actually killing public enemy number one? Wouldn't that sort of sap all the dramatic tension from the story? That being said, this prequel is at the most prenatal of stages. There is no reason to suspect the studio will move forward with this prequel unless 'Zero Dark Thirty' proves as successful financially as 'The Hurt Locker' was critically.
What do you guys think? Could a prequel work here? Are you even interested in seeing 'Zero Dark Thirty' in the first place?