'Hurt Locker' Creators On Explosive New Thriller

Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal i i

hide captionDirector Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal collaborated on The Hurt Locker, a thriller about an Army bomb squad in Iraq.

Franco Origlia/Getty Images
Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal

Director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal collaborated on The Hurt Locker, a thriller about an Army bomb squad in Iraq.

Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Screenwriter Mark Boal and director Kathryn Bigelow join Fresh Air to discuss their collaboration on The Hurt Locker, a combat movie about an Army bomb squad that roams Iraq in search of explosives to defuse.

The film — which won four awards at the 2008 Venice Film Festival — stars Jeremy Renner as a cowboy-ish leader addicted to the adrenaline rush of war. In his summer movie preview, NPR's Bob Mondello called The Hurt Locker "the first smart war movie in quite a while to have a leading role that could've been played by John Wayne."

Boal researched the film by embedding with a real bomb squad in Iraq. The Hurt Locker is his first screenplay; previously Boal wrote the short story that inspired the movie In the Valley of Elah, about a young Iraq War veteran who is discovered brutally murdered in New Mexico.

Bigelow's directorial credits include Point Break, Blue Steel and K-19: The Widowmaker. She has also directed episodes of the TV shows Homicide: Life on the Street and Wild Palms.

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and Terms of Use. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.

Support comes from: