Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty” Opens Wide in January

“Zero Dark Thirty is Bigelow’s follow-up to best picture Oscar winner The Hurt Locker, for which she also became the first woman to win the best director statuette, and Sony is planning an aggressive awards push for the film, which chronicles the CIA’s hunt for bin Laden and the U.S. SEALs raid which left the world’s most wanted terrorist dead.”[THR]

I’m not sure why they continue to make movies about 9/11, the Iraq War, the Afghanistan War, the Iranian hostage crisis of the 1970s, etc. since none of them seem to do particularly well with audiences (okay, Argo is a success on both the popular and critical front). Kathryn Bigelow clearly thinks her Best Director Oscar for The Hurt Locker is license to venture into the bin Laden hunting territory once again. Her much anticipated Zero Dark Thirty, which dramatizes the hunt for Osama bin Laden, is set to open nationwide on January 11, 2013, a few weeks after it bows in cinemas in Los Angeles and New York.

Conservatives are already crying foul that the movie glorifies President Obama, while Sony has done its best to try and depoliticize the movie’s release by moving it as far away from next week’s presidential election as possible. I don’t get what the hulla balloo is all about – like Obama said at the Al Smith Dinner in Manhattan a couple of weeks ago: “Spoiler Alert: bin Laden is DEAD.”