Zero Dark Thirty Reveals Some Surprises In Nightline Special

By Kristy Puchko 2012-11-28 07:26:48discussion comments
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After becoming the first woman to ever win the Academy Award for Best Director, all eyes were on Kathryn Bigelow and her mysterious next project. Reteaming with Hurt Locker scribe Mark Boal, she began to develop a drama that would center on the search for Osama Bin Laden. But just as filming was about to begin, news broke that Seal Team Six had captured and killed Bin Laden. From there Bigelow and Boal regrouped to modify the script, but even as casting news arose on the project, we were kept largely in the dark on nearly every detail.

It wasn't until the film rolled into production last May that we even knew its name, Zero Dark Thirty. Then when Columbia Pictures began marketing the film, they spun Bigelow's and Boal's secrecy into the promotions, a fitting move considering its covert narrative. The film's first trailer began with the blacking out of the production company's logos. Brief shots of some its stars and references to Bin Laden follow, punctuated with a man bellowing, "When was the last time you saw Bin Laden?" Similarly, the film's teaser poster offered nothing but a redacted title and a URL.

As Zero Dark Thirty's release date finally draws near, the filmmakers are pulling back the curtain a bit. ABC News has a look behind the scenes, guided by Bigelow and Boal. You can check it out below:



One of the more surprising reveals in the vid above is that the young, female CIA officer Jessica Chastain plays in Zero Dark Thirty is based on a real woman, who was integral to Bin Laden's capture. According to the piece, she "relentlessly tracked leads that went straight to Bin Laden." Bigelow was inspired by this unnamed figure's tenacity and strength throughout this high-pressure investigation. For Boal, he hopes the film will in some respect be able to tell the story that those connected to it in real-life never can. Bigelow calls this "the story of a lifetime," and its clear these filmmakers take the responsibility of telling of it very seriously.

Zero Dark Thirty opens in limited release on December 19th, and will expand into a wider release on January 11th.
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