Sony's Columbia Pictures will release the Mark Boal–scripted film in late 2012 with high hopes that it will be a major awards contender. Bigelow and Boal have been developing the film since 2008 and are in the process of reworking the script to incorporate the raid on bin Laden's compound and the al-Qaida leader's death into the story.
"With the death of Osama bin Laden, this film could not be more relevant," Sony Pictures Entertainment Co-Chairman Amy Pascal said in a statement. "Kathryn and Mark have an outstanding perspective on the team that was hunting the most wanted man in the world. Mark is second to none as an investigative journalist, and Kathryn will bring the same kind of compelling authenticity and urgency that distinguished 'The Hurt Locker' and made that film so memorable and special."
Interest in the film surged following bin Laden's death. Boal, an acclaimed combat journalist who was embedded with a bomb squad during the early days of the Iraq war and used his experiences to inform his Oscar-winning screenplay for 'The Hurt Locker,' reportedly had completed his script about the team that went on to find and kill bin Laden prior to the event and is now rewriting the film's ending to reflect the mission's success.
Filming is set to begin later this summer.