'Zero Dark Thirty' filmmakers talk about humanizing the hunt for bin Laden
BY DENNIS KING NewsOK.com
Sunday, January 13, 2013
1/13/13 at 4:07 AM
NEW YORK - Kathryn Bigelow is accustomed to moving with ease, grace and confidence through what is essentially a man's world. In Hollywood, and especially in the realm of tough, action-oriented movies, she's carved out a unique directing career that features hard-edged works such as "Near Dark," "Blue Steel," "Point Break," "Strange Days" and "The Hurt Locker" (for which she became the first woman to earn an Academy Award as best director).
Now, she has re-teamed with her no-nonsense "Hurt Locker" screenwriter Mark Boal (who, as producer, shared that movie's best picture Oscar and earned his own statuette for best original screenplay) on the controversial thriller "Zero Dark Thirty," a fact-based procedural about the CIA's hunt for and eventual killing of 9/11 architect Osama bin Laden.
And given her own penchant for boldly breaching the barriers of male-dominated domains, Bigelow says she is especially gratified to be able to tell that story with a strong female character leading the way.
"Zero Dark Thirty" relates the dogged, painstaking pursuit of bin Laden over a grueling decade through the eyes of Maya (played with steely resolve by Jessica Chastain). She's a young American intelligence operative recruited straight out of high school and trained to be cool, analytical and totally committed to the hunt. Maya is a fictional composite, Bigelow said, but she's closely modeled after a real-life CIA agent whose true identity is a closely guarded secret.
Original Print Headline: 'Zero Dark' a story of people
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James Gandolfini plays the CIA director in Columbia Pictures' new thriller, "Zero Dark Thirty," directed by Kathryn Bigelow. JONATHAN OLLEY/Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc./Associated Press
Director Kathryn Bigelow (right) has re-teamed with her "Hurt Locker" screenwriter Mark Boal (left) for "Zero Dark Thirty." CHRIS PIZZELLO/Invision/AP file