Filmmakers Defend Bin Laden Movie

Responding to New York Rep. Peter King’s push for an investigation into the government’s involvement with a film about Osama bin Laden, director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal, who took home Oscars last year for making “The Hurt Locker,” issued a statement Wednesday explaining the way they approached their upcoming movie.

While the filmmakers didn’t directly address King’s concerns that releasing the movie weeks before next year’s election could sway voters, or that those involved with the project might’ve received privileged information, the statement denied that the film has an agenda.

“This was an American triumph, both heroic and nonpartisan, and there is no basis to suggest that our film will represent this enormous victory otherwise,” it said about the SEALs’ assassination of bin Laden in May.

King, the Republican Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, stated in a letter to the CIA and the Defense Department that the government needs to protect top-secret information.

“This alleged collaboration belies a desire of transparency in favor of a cinematographic view of history,” he said of the possibility that Obama’s administration let Bigelow and Boal in on confidential information.

White House press secretary Jay Carney dismissed King’s statements as “ridiculous,” and maintained that “We don’t discuss classified information.”

In the letter, King mentioned an editorial Maureen Dowd penned, which The New York Times ran on Sunday. “Just as Obamaland was hoping, the movie is scheduled to open on Oct. 12, 2012 – perfectly timed to give a home-stretch boost to a campaign that has grown tougher,” she said.

Bigelow and Boal have yet to come up with a title.

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I just received my degree in journalism at Brooklyn College, where I served as the arts editor for one of the campus newspapers, the Kingsman. When it comes to the arts, I’ve managed to cover a variety of subjects, including music, films, books and art exhibitions. I’ve reviewed everything from “Slumdog Millionaire” (which was a good film) to “Coraline,” (which wasn’t) and I’ve also interviewed legendary film critic Leonard Maltin.

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