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'The Hurt Locker' Director Kathryn Bigelow to Direct HBO Pilot

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 15th 2010 1:02PM
kathryn_bigelow_headshotA few weeks from now, March 7th to be exact, Kathryn Bigelow may be the first woman to ever win the Academy Award for Best Director. The odds are in her favor, especially after winning the DGA competition. Therefore, the announcement that Bigelow will direct the HBO pilot, 'The Miraculous Year,' is a coup for the cable net.

'The Miraculous Year' is the story of a Broadway composer who's popular and successful, but self-destructive, and how he views his eccentric family. Screenwriter John Logan is doing the script, and he's also executive producing with Lydia Pilcher. Logan has worked with HBO before on another show business oriented project, 'RKO 281' which told the story of Orson Welles' battle to create 'Citizen Kane.'

This new project sounds very promising, particularly since it's described as light family drama, albeit with a volatile character as the main component. You can't help but wonder if this is based on a real person, and when you learn that Logan did the screenplay for 'Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,' the name that comes to mind is Stephen Sondheim.

It wouldn't be a stretch to see Sondheim's life reflected in this show, since he is perhaps the most successful musical theater composer of the past 40 years. And he had a strange family, too. Oscar Hammerstein was like a surrogate father to Steve because his own family was so bizarre. He had a horrible relationship with his mother who was self-centered and disinterested in him, even after he became a success.

That's just a guess, but it would be fascinating to see if it's roman a clef or not. Anyway, it'll also be interesting to see Bigelow not only working for television -- although HBO has all the liberties of a feature -- and doing something very different from her usual fare.

'The Hurt Locker' isn't her first film that's perceived as macho. She also directed other action-oriented pics, including 'Blue Steel,' 'K-9: The Widowmaker' and 'Point Break.' On TV, she's done a few 'Homicide: Life on the Street' episodes, and 'Karen Sisco,' too.

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Ronald Plamondon

I counseled Viet Nam vets and had one tell me: " I've done everything you can think of, drugs, jump from a plane, alcohol, motorcycles and nothing absolutely nothing gave me the rush of killing in Viet Nam."

February 28 2010 at 10:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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