Conservative commentators have denounced plans to release a movie about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden next October 12, just before the presidential election. On his BigHollywood blog, Andrew Breitbart remarked on Wednesday that the scheduled release date "is THE elephant in the room. ... There's no logical reason to release the film on that date unless you want to give Barack Obama a pre-election boost -- a $50-70 million in-kind political contribution." Sony Films, which is distributing the movie, has not responded to the criticism, but it is well known that October is a weak month for the box office, and studios generally aim for teen, i.e. non-voting, audiences during that month, often with a plethora of horror movies. (Only one film has ever opened with more than $50 million in October -- last year's Jackass 3-D , which recorded $50.35 million.) Meanwhile, Congressman Peter King, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, has demanded to know whether the Pentagon or the CIA has given the filmmakers sensitive information about the bin-Laden raid. White House spokesman Jay Carney responded that the administration often provides information to reporters and filmmakers "to make sure that facts are correct." However, he added, "We do not discuss classified information, and I would hope that ... the House Committee on Homeland Security would have more important topics to discuss than a movie." Director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal also issued a statement noting that their movie had been in the works for several years and that it explores the work of three presidents to track down bin-Laden, which they called "both heroic and non-partisan, and there is no basis to suggest that our film will represent this enormous victory otherwise."

11/08/2011