Top Hollywood teams eager to make movie on the story of Bowe Bergdahl

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 18 June, 2014, 11:09pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 19 June, 2014, 1:43am


The Oscar-winning team behind The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal, are planning a movie on freed US prisoner of war Bowe Bergdahl. reports that the project is one of two competing proposed films about the United States army sergeant, who was held prisoner by the Taliban for five years after leaving his base in Afghanistan.

Bergdahl was released in May in exchange for five members of the Taliban who were being held at Guantanamo Bay. His capture and release have been a source of controversy in the US, with some critics labelling him a deserter.

On Monday, the US army said it had begun investigating the circumstances surrounding his disappearance and capture, adding that these investigations "are not uncommon". Major General Kenneth Dahl leads the investigation.

A separate movie about Bergdahl is reportedly being put together by three-time Oscar nominee Todd Field, the director of In the Bedroom and Little Children, based on a Rolling Stone article by the late investigative reporter Michael Hastings.

However, the high-profile nature of Bigelow and Boal's team may make it difficult for other film-makers to win backing for their plans.

The director-screenwriter duo have produced meticulously researched wartime drama.

The Hurt Locker is considered one of the finest films about the Iraq conflict and won six Oscars in 2010, including prizes for best picture, best director and best original screenplay.

Zero Dark Thirty was a clear early frontrunner for last year's Oscars, until controversy over its depiction of the use of torture in the hunt for Osama bin Laden derailed its bid.

The Obama administration has been criticised for agreeing to release the prisoners in exchange for Bergdahl. Observers have said the five Taliban members could return to the battlefield.

Bergdahl's story may lend itself to a tale of battlefield disorientation.

He reportedly left his base after becoming disillusioned with incompetence and bureaucracy in Afghanistan, wandering around until he was captured by the Taliban.

The religiously minded, home-schooled young man from Idaho also spent some time at a Buddhist monastery and had tried to join the fabled French Foreign Legion before joining the US Army.