After winning Oscars for "The Hurt Locker," director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal became "entertainment’s hottest couple who wouldn’t say they were a couple since Jay-Z and Beyoncé," writes Kate Aurthur at BuzzFeed. But that's all changed since, as the promotional machine plays out for "Zero Dark Thirty," the couple that never officially was a couple has reportedly broken up. Aurthur:
Sources who know Bigelow and Boal are saying they are no longer together and are trying to keep that quiet as they promote the Sony film.
It has led to a tricky dance. Here’s how Mark Harris described their synergy recently in a terrific making-of story in New York magazine: “Bigelow’s partnership with Boal, who met her about ten years ago when she inquired about a story he’d written for Playboy, has taken her into new and rewarding territory, his journalistic cred a complement to her unsentimental, realist aesthetic. Their collaboration — she calls herself ‘a delivery system for Mark’s content’ — is so intense that many assume it is, or was, romantic, something the two have never acknowledged, denied, or discussed. In conversation, that intensity is something to behold.”
Do you have to talk about breaking up when you never talked about being together? Bigelow and Boal seem to be hoping you do not. (Sony referred me to their personal publicist. An email to him was not immediately returned.)
She notes that Boal recently announced that he’s forming his own company, Page One Productions, intending to adapt more reporters’ stories into films. "Bigelow is not involved," Aurthur says.
Here's the official Sony trailer for "Zero Dark Thirty."