Representative Peter King (R-NY), the Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, has requested that the Defense Department Inspector General and the CIA Inspector General investigate to determine if Academy Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow’s proposed film on the takedown of Osama bin Laden would compromise military and intelligence community secrets.
King’ request, which drew fire from Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal, noted that both the History Channel and the Military Channel had done recreations in the past. Bigelow, who won her Academy Award for the film “The Hurt Locker,” is not a stranger to controversy. A DOD advisor had left the film after Bigelow allegedly violated the cooperation agreement.
Boal, a former journalist on military affairs, used his access to intelligence to pitch the bin Laden project, according to the Hollywood Reporter, and New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd had touted the fact that Bigelow and Boal were receiving access from the Defense Department and CIA.