What do you do after you throw a bomb disposal team into Iraq and chaos? A move that doesn't quite earn you widespread cinematic success, but a strong and irrefutable showing in awards circles and best-of lists? If you're Kathryn Bigelow, you go after the Taliban. Production Weekly's Twitter feed reports that the hands behind The Hurt Locker will now wrap around Held By the Taliban -- a film based on a series of New York Times articles written by David Rohde.

In November of 2008, Rohde was in Afghanistan researching a new book "about the squandered opportunities to bring stability back to the region." Along with Afghan journalist Tahir Luddin and driver Asad Mangal, he was headed to interview Taliban commander Abu Tayyeb. The car was intercepted, however, and the trio were kidnapped by another Taliban commander, Mullah Atiqullah. Rohde was held hostage for seven months and ten days until he managed to escape and write about his experiences.

It looks like Bigelow's found a theme she's comfortable with, and I've got to give her credit for taking her own road, rather than trying to play the Hollywood game. Then again, it'd be nice to see a little more pulp again -- it's been a long time since the days of Near Dark, Point Break, and Strange Days.
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