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Screenwriter Wins Important Court Case

Written by: FFT Webmaster | October 17th, 2011

Mark Boal, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of the Iraq War film THE HURT LOCKER, has won a critical court victory. The screenwriter was sued by Iraq war veteran Sgt. Jeffrey Sarver, who claimed that the film THE HURT LOCKER was based on his war experiences and used without his express permission. Mr. Boal was embedded with Sergeant Sarver’s combat unit in 2004 as part of an assignment for Playboy magazine and the resulting article about him and other bomb disposal experts served as an inspiration for the characters in the film. Mr. Boal, who is reteaming with director Katherine Bigelow on a film about the United States operation that resulted in the killing of Osama bin Laden, was quoted as saying that “THE HURT LOCKER was inspired by many soldiers I met and interviewed during my time reporting in Iraq and elsewhere. This is a huge victory for all filmmakers who should feel comfortable using real life events as inspiration for their films.”

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