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‘Osama’ movie goes to ‘Hotel’ man

Paramount has tapped Oscar-nommed screenwriter Keir Pearson to pen a script based on the story of Abdurahman Khadr, who was raised in Osama Bin Laden’s Afghanistan compound and became a CIA informant. Pearson told Daily Variety that he’d been inundated with offers for true-life projects following his nomination, along with director Terry George, for writing “Hotel Rwanda.” “I was in New York for the first World Trade Center bombing and for 9/11, so this was a story that I could be passionate about,” Pearson said. “I see it as a story of a rebellious teenager that transcends all cultures.” Khadr, the subject of a PBS “Frontline” documentary last year, was groomed to become a terrorist because his father was a member of Bin Laden’s inner circle, but he became increasingly disillusioned with Al Qaeda as he matured. He escaped the compound after 9/11, was captured by U.S. forces in Afghanistan and was recruited by the CIA as an informant at Guantanamo Bay and in Bosnia; he was due to be sent to Iraq before deciding to blow his cover and move to Canada.

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