Director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal, the Oscar-winning team behind 'The Hurt Locker,' are receiving help and script advice from the White House and the Pentagon to make their upcoming movie about the decade-long effort to kill Osama bin Laden, which ended with the successful Navy SEAL raid in May that brought down the al-Qaeda leader.
But the filmmakers are denying the suggestion, raised by the chairman of the House of Representatives' Homeland Security Committee, that the Obama administration is leaking classified secrets to the production. Bigelow and Boal also insist, despite the film's scheduled October 2012 release date, that 'Kill Bin Laden' (as the movie is tentatively titled) is not meant serve as a partisan campaign ad for the re-election of the president who approved the historic raid.
Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), the committee chairman, called on Aug. 10 for an investigation into the assistance that Bigelow and Boal are receiving from the administration, the CIA, and the Defense Department on their script. The White House responded by calling King's suggestion that the filmmakers might be privy to classified secrets "ridiculous." Now, Bigelow and Boal have responded with their own statement, saying that their movie will be non-partisan and will focus on the bravery of those who pursued bin Laden during both Democratic and Republican administrations.