Osama bin Laden Movie Project In Progress from Hurt Locker Director

Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow was already in progress on an Osama bin Laden movie project when the news came on Sunday that the 9/11 terrorist mastermind was dead. The Osama bin Laden movie, reportedly titled Kill bin Laden is now expected to be fast-tracked to completion to take advantage of the raised level of public interest in such a project.

Kathryn Bigelow, winner of the best director Academy Award for The Hurt Locker last year, had allegedly launched into casting for the film just recently. The movie was reportedly to be based on an unsuccessful previous attempt by U.S. forces to kill or capture Osama bin Laden. The new version would likely be expanded to at least include a ‘celebratory ending’ according to MonstersandCritics.com.

Star Wars actor Joel Edgerton is allegedly being courted for a lead role in the Osama bin Laden movie.  Kathryn Bigelow is partnered with screenwriting collaborator Mark Boal on the film. Megan Ellison, daughter of Oracle chief Larry Ellison, is reportedly on board to assist with funding for the project.

An adaption of the non-fiction book Jawbreaker, another bin Laden related story, was also in the works is reportedly in limbo at Paramount currently, according to Ugo.com.

82nd Annual Academy Awards Most Watched Oscars in Five Years

Kathyrn Bigelow‘s The Hurt Locker may have been the big winner at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards, but the Oscars show itself also claimed a major victory for the night. Sunday night’s Oscars event was the most watched in five years according to Nielsen estimates, drawing in over 41 million viewers for the evening.

Jeff Bridges accepting Oscar for Best Actor (ABC)
Jeff Bridges accepting Oscar for Best Actor (ABC)

ABC’s Red-Carpet Pre-Show also scored a win for the night, pulling in its largest audience since 2007 with over 25 million viewers. Some of the increase in ratings is attributed to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences decision to nominate 10 films for Best Picture this year, instead of the usual five. The contentious battle between James Cameron‘s blockbuster film Avatar and Kathyrn Bigelow’s Iraq war drama The Hurt Locker for the top prize also proved a major audience draw.

Luckily for the Academy’s ratings, more than 3 million customers of New York’s Cablevision were able to tune in to the awards show at the last minute. A fee dispute between Cablevision and ABC parent company Walt Disney kept many televisions in the New York area dark until just after the Academy Awards started.

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Academy Awards 2010 Winners List

In case you missed the action at the 82nd annual Academy Awards, we’ve got the complete list of winners from the evening for you. The Hurt Locker led the tally for the evening with six Oscars in total, including best picture and best director.

The Hurt Locker (Summit Entertainment)
'The Hurt Locker' (Summit Entertainment)

Best Picture – The Hurt Locker

Best Actress – Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side

Best Actor – Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart

Best Supporting Actor – Christopher Waltz, Inglourious Basterds

Best Supporting Actress – Mo’Nique, Precious

Best Director: Kathyrn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker

Best Animated Picture: Up

Best Foreign Film – El Secrecto de Sus Ojos (Argentina)

Best Original Screenplay – Geoffrey Fletcher, Precious

Best Adapted Screenplay – Mark Boal, The Hurt Locker

Art Direction – Avatar

Cinematography – Avatar

Sound Mixing – The Hurt Locker

Sound Editing – The Hurt Locker

Film Editing – The Hurt Locker

Visual Effects – Avatar

Costumes – The Young Victoria

Makeup – Star Trek

Best Original Score – Michael Giacchino, Up

Best Original Song” Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett for “The Weary Kind,” Crazy Heart

Documetary – The Cove

Documentary Short – Music by Prudence

Animated Short – Logorama

Live Action Short – The New Tenants

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