The ongoing war in Afghanistan has now spawned a war in Hollywood of an entirely different nature: a battle between heavyweight directors.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Kathryn Bigelow and Terrence Malick have both expressed interest in developing 'Held by the Taliban,' an adaptation of journalist David Rohde's series for the New York Times describing his harrowing experiences after being kidnapped by the terrorist organization while on assignment in Afghanistan. Interest from such high profile figures has the industry buzzing, but there's just one catch: the film apparently has room for only one of them.

Bigelow, of course, is currently one of the hottest directors in town, thanks to her acclaimed turn on last year's 'The Hurt Locker,' which is widely expected to land Oscar nominations for both Best Picture and Best Director. With that kind of momentum on her side she would normally be a shoo-in for the director's chair should she decide to take on the project.
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