According to Production Weekly, director Katheryn Bigelow has decided to follow up her critically acclaimed (if not commercially very successful) Iraq War movie “The Hurt Locker” by going back to the Middle East for a film adaptation of “Held by the Taliban”. The movie will adapt the six-part story by journalist David Roche about his time as a hostage in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Roche was held for seven months at the hands of the Taliban, but lived to tell the tale. Well, duh, he wrote the article, so don’t go crying spoiler on me now. You can read Roche’s entire account of his experiences here.
Bigelow’s “The Hurt Locker” has been collecting hardware pretty much everywhere, and she and the film are good bets to keep up the collecting when Hollywood’s primary Awards Season arrives. It’s all very ironic, especially when you consider the film had been sitting on the studio shelves for a couple of years before the studio had the good sense to finally release it.