The last we heard about Kathryn Bigelow’s Bowe Bergdahl film, it was locked in timing competition with another film about the embattled American prisoner of war, this one inspired by an article penned by the late journalist Michael Hastings and written (and possibly directed) by filmmaker Todd Field. At the time of our reportage, Bigelow and screenwriter Marc Boal’s feature was viewed as the more long-range picture, one that the duo had “been researching... for years, long before the recent developments,” though Field’s film also sounded like a major contender. As of now, that Field project appears to be in some kind of holding pattern, as it doesn’t show up on Field’s (quite large) list of upcoming projects on IMDb, and any digging for such a film turns up nothing but last summer’s report that it was being made.
Which is all a long way of saying, where we once had two Bowe Bergdahl films in our future, now we only have one, and one that Bigelow might still be pushing to finish sooner rather than later.
Deadline reports a rumor that Bigelow has “pushed [her latest project, Triple Frontier] to the side” and is now looking to get her Bergdahl film going next. The outlet apparently “hear[s] next up will be the Boal-scripted pic about Bowe Bergdahl, the Army sergeant captured by the Taliban and held prisoner for five years after he left his base in Afghanistan. Backing it is Megan Ellison, who made Zero Dark Thirty. I expect studios to start jumping immediately, if they aren’t on it already.”
Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty follow-up has long been rumored to be Triple Frontier, another Boal-penned actioner that is reportedly “an action-adventure story set in the border zone between Paraguay, Argentina, and Brazil,” a multilingual feature that has been through plenty of rounds of casting buzz with zero actual results to show for it. Bigelow first mentioned the film as her next project way back in 2009, when it was set to be her first film after The Hurt Locker. Instead, the Oscar-winning director made Zero Dark Thirty, pushing Triple Frontier to a sort of ethereal future where, it seems, it may never get made. She was recently attached to the Tom Hardy-starring The True American, though this rumor makes it sound as if that project has also been shoved back.
There’s no official word from Bigelow on what she’ll direct next, but either of these three choices sound appropriately explosive to us.