Special access: The Obama White House gave director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal insider information about the bin Laden raid
Celebrated: Ms Bigelow and Mr Boal both won Academy Awards in 2009 for 'The Hurt Locker, ' a gritty depiction of the Iraq War
'Zero Dark Thirty, ' portrays the decade-long hunt for bin Laden, the man behind the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. American forces chased him through the mountains of Afghanistan and Pakistan in 2001, but ultimately lost the trail.
Conservative legal group Judicial Watch uncovered nearly 300 pages of documents detailing special access Ms Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal received from the Central Intelligence Agency and the Pentagon as they researched the movie.
Among the people the movie makers were allowed to interview were commandos on the US Navy SEAL Team Six, which carried out the raid on bin Laden's compound, and military officials who planned the assault in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
Ms Bigelow and Mr Boal, who both won Oscars in 2009 for Iraq War film 'The Hurt Locker, ' were granted access to the 'vault, ' a secret CIA location where the raid was organized.
Playing politics: President Barack Obama has campaigned on overseeing the raid that killed bin Laden in May 2011
On the run: bin Laden, the founder of al-Qaeda, evaded US commandos and the CIA for nearly a decade
It has been noted that the Obama Administration has seemingly rolled out the red carpet for the filmmakers, but worked to limit access by independent journalists to information about the May 2011 raid .
One of the e-mails obtained by Judicial Watch quotes Under-Secretary of Defense Michael Vickers telling Ms Bigelow and Mr Boal that they could speak with the Navy SEAL planner who commanded the raid, but could not name him because he 'shouldn't be talking out of school.'
Some conservative groups have said the filmmakers received access to classified information, as well - all in an effort to ensure the Obama White House is painted in the most favorable light.
The Pentagon and CIA both deny the filmmakers saw anything classified. They defended the special access, as well, saying they were hoping to prevent 'gross inaccuracies' in the movie.