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Bloom joins Sarajevo siege film

OrlandoBloom.jpgIn December of 2007 we heard about The Black List which listed the scripts that one hundred and fifty film executives and their assistances thought were the best at the time, you can read more of that on Filmstalker, but one of them was an untitled script about the siege of Sarajevo from 1992 to 1995 and now Orlando Bloom is attached to the project.

The script is adapted from Bill Carter's book Fools Rush In (Play.com / Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com which chronicles his time in Sarajevo as an aid worker and the highs and lows he faced along with the local people during the forty-three month long siege.

At the time we heard about the script it really did say little, here's what we originally had:

There's an untitled script that is going to tell the story of Bill Carter who documents the seige of Sarajevo while he delivers food to Muslims in Bosnia, and how he enlists the rock band U2 to publicise the cause and interview him live during their European concerts. I'm not sure what to think of that idea, whether it's going to turn into promotion or really tell the story of what went on in Bosnia.

With that short blurb I'd agree with what I said back then, and although we get little more from Orlando Bloom speaking through Reuters, the very fact he's willing to lend his name to this film is a reason to sit up and take notice.

"...a very specific and personal account of Bill Carter's experience in Sarajevo during the war and we would very much like to make the film here..."

He was speaking in Sarajevo after securing funding and support for the film from the town's mayor, and he said that they would love to get the film made at the end of the year and that they would want to shoot on location. He also gives away a tiny pointer at what the film could deliver.

"I'm not in fact playing Bill in this movie but I read the script and the very human story at the very core of this film spoke to me very clearly."

Well that doesn't sound like it's going to be too much about the satellite link up and more about the problems in Sarajevo, and I'm all for that, forget the U2 event and concentrate on what really happened, without Hollywood embellishment either.

There are many stories that need to be told from that war, and I'm glad that they are starting to be addressed with such big names behind them. Of course there's also the question of what else Bloom could be doing in his career now that Pirates of the Caribbean has taken a break, if not ended.



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