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'Hurt Locker' team plots movie about BergdahlJune 17, 2014
(CNN) – The Bowe Bergdahl story may be coming to the big screen.
Director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal are developing a feature film based on the story of Bergdahl, the U.S. Army sergeant who recently returned to the United States after five years in captivity in Afghanistan.
If the film makes it to the screen, it will be familiar territory for Bigelow and Boal, whose movies The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty looked at U.S. involvement in the Mideast and South Asia through the lenses of a bomb-disposal expert and a CIA agent, respectively.
Tony Angellotti, Boal's press spokesman, confirmed that the writer's production company, Page 1, will work on the movie.
The Hurt Locker (2009) won six Oscars, including best picture, best original screenplay for Boal and best director for Bigelow.
Zero Dark Thirty (2012), about the search for Osama bin Laden, was nominated for five Academy Awards and won one, but no individual Oscars for Boal or Bigelow.
A film on Bergdahl will likely prove controversial.
The soldier went missing in June 2009 in Afghanistan's Paktika province, where he was deployed with the 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division. He was released on May 31 in exchange for five Taliban prisoners held by the U.S. at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
An Army fact-finding investigation conducted in the months after Bergdahl’s disappearance concluded he left his post deliberately and of his own free will, according to an official briefed on the report. The Army has no definitive finding that Bergdahl deserted because that would require knowing his intent – something officials couldn't learn without talking to the soldier, a U.S. military official told CNN.
The Bigelow-Boal team's other movies also dealt with shades of gray. The bomb disposal expert in The Hurt Locker, played by Jeremy Renner, sees horrific events in Iraq but finds he needs the adrenaline rush of his military work to function. Zero Dark Thirty included a controversial waterboarding scene, which led to a media-driven debate over the film's position on torture.
Those films were hailed for their gritty, sometimes documentary-like camerawork.
When Bigelow made The Hurt Locker, she told CNN in 2009, "I wanted to create a real you-are-there, boots-on-the-ground feeling."
CNN's Leslie Bentz contributed to this report.