Ladies and gentlemen, prepare your calendars for next year’s Oscar bait. Sony Pictures has set a release date for the so far untitled Navy Seal Team 6/Bin Laden assassination thriller from Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal. The two previously worked together on The Hurt Locker, another film about the conflict in the Middle East that transformed into an unlikely Oscar hit. The film will hit on October 12th 2012, in a strategy that hopes to see the film be considered for major awards.
Sony Pictures and Amy Pascal performed a similar act last year by placing The Social Network in early October, which went onto be nominated for Best Picture. The film has been a long time coming and Boal and Bigelow were reported to be just about finished on the project, until Bin Laden was killed. Before that event, the film was about a failed attempt to take out the former terrorist. The film has now gone under a re-write in order to bring a more accurate third act.
The details are being held very tight by the creative team and there’s no word on a start date or a cast but Joel Edgerton was reportedly circling the film. The film is being funded by Megan Ellison‘s Annapurna Pictures, directed by Kathryn Bigelow and written by Mark Boal, and it is most likely to court a lot of attention in the coming months as production heats up.