Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal are teaming up for a new feature based on the life of U.S. Army soldier Bowe Bergdahl, with filmmaker Todd Field and Fox Searchlight also mounting a competing project based on his story.
Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal's project will be backed by Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures, although no story have been released. In 2009, 26-year-old U.S. Army soldier Bowe Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban and spent five years in captivity after wandering off his base, reportedly upset about the incompetence of others around him and the bureaucracy surrounding the war.
He was released on May 31, 2014, in exchange for five Taliban prisoners being held at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, which touched off a heated debate among political insiders about whether President Barack Obama gave up too much for a man who some are calling a deserter. An investigation into why he left the base is being launched as he attempts to reintegrate into society.
Meanwhile, director Todd Field and Fox Searchlight are mounting their own Bowe Bergdahl project, acquiring the rights to a 2012 Rolling Stone article entitled America's Last Prisoner of War written by Michael Hastings.
It remains to be seen which one of these projects gets off the ground first, but both are still in early stages of development, especially since there will likely be much more revealed about Bowe Bergdahl's story after the investigation is launched.