Osama bin Laden's killing has left Hollywood scrambling to catch up with reality.
Two high-profile thrillers focusing on the hunt for the terrorist mastermind, one of which is being developed by Oscar-winning Hurt Locker helmer Kathryn Bigelow, are now in disarray with the news of bin Laden's death at the hands of U.S. forces Sunday.
And how does Goonies alum Corey Feldman figure into the bin Laden bonanza? Read on.
Per the Hollywood Reporter, Bigelow's indie film, aptly titled Kill Bin Laden, takes its inspiration from a failed special-ops mission to take out the Al Qaeda leader and was looking to roll cameras sometime this year. In fact, the director was in discussions with several notable actors about headlining, including Inglourious Basterds' Michael Fassbinder, who subsequently dropped out, and most recently Animal Kingdom star Joel Edgerton.
However, with bin Laden's assassination at a luxurious Pakistani compound (not quite the cave we all imagined), Bigelow and cowriter, Mark Boal are reportedly scrambling on how to proceed: Do they alter the storyline to reflect his real-life demise? Do they keep the plot details the same since the mission their film is based on occurred in the past? Do they come up with a whole new plot focusing on the Navy SEAL raid on his hideout? Or do they shelve the project altogether?
Boal tells Variety, however, that the team his movie is focusing on is the special-ops force that got bin Laden and that the upcoming film will definitely feature the 40-minute firefight that ended with bin Laden's death. In fact, the investigative journalist-turned-screenwriter said he and Bigelow were still early enough in the preproduction process to give him time to revise the script to reflect yesterday's events and they're still on track for a summer shoot, though the latter depended on security concerns.
As for the second bin Laden flick, Paramount wons the rights to the acclaimed 2006 tome Jawbreaker, written by former CIA operative Gary Bernsten, about the hunt for Osama at the highpoint of Afghanistan War in 2001 and his escape from Tora Bora.
No word how bin Laden's death with affect the latter, but Tinseltown is almost certain to get some version of yesterday's military action going ASAP (and here's hoping they throw in Evil Bert as well).
Then again, one film has seemed to have gotten the jump on the bin Laden drama.
As it happened, erstwhile Lost Boy Feldman was in Houston for the Texas premiere of his new comedy, Operation Belvis Bash, about a rock musician who travels to Afghanistan to win the hearts and minds of the people and goes up against the world's most wanted terrorist.
"It's absolutely unbelievable," said Feldman. "I was in New York on Sept. 11, 2001, with Michael Jackson, and then, nearly 10 years later, I walk out of the premiere of my latest film...to learn that Osama bin Laden had been killed by a special operation, just like in the film we'd just screened. The timing is simply unbelievable, and whether life imitates art, or art imitates life, now is a time for all Americans to express their gratitude to the brave men and women who serve our country and helped make this happen."
We couldn't have said it better. Though by the looks of the trailer, you might have to catch this one on DVD.