The movie known as Zero Dark Thirty -- and, originally, as Kill Bin Laden -- has been acquired for distribution outside the United States by Universal Pictures International (UPI), according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Sony will release the film in the U.S. on December 19. UPI acquired rights to the U.K., France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Scandinavia, South Africa and Spain.
Zero Dark Thirty has been the working title of the project since at least March, but it was only a provisional name and a final title is yet to be determined. Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker) came aboard the project before Bin Laden was actually killed, requiring some re-tooling of the story.
As we reported previously, Chris Pratt, Joel Edgerton and Nash Edgerton have been added to a strong cast that includes Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Mark Strong, Edgar Ramirez, Kyle Chandler, Jennifer Ehle, and Harold Perrineau Jr. Might we hope to see the film at the fall festivals -- beginning with Venice, where The Hurt Locker premiered?