Kathryn Bigelow To Direct Detroit Riots Film

Director Kathryn Bigelow and writer/producer Mark Boal during filming of Zero Dark Thirty (click for larger)

By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS)

Oscar winning director Kathryn Bigelow’s next movie will centre around the 1967 Detroit race riots.

The Point Break filmmaker is reteaming with screenwriter Mark Boal who penned her last two pictures – Academy Award winning The Hurt Locker and the critically acclaimed Zero Dark Thirty.

Deadline reports that Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures will produce the film which has a 2017 release date – the 50th anniversary of the riots. Principal photography will start this summer on the movie, which Boal has reportedly been researching and writing for over 12 months.

The still untitled project will be set against the backdrop of the riots, also known as the 12th Street riot, which took place over five summer days in 1967. The story will explore the endemic racism in urban Detroit which ignited the troubles.

Director Bigelow’s pictures are now among the most anticipated in Hollywood after her last two became critical and commercial hits.

And while Hurt Locker picked up six Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Screenplay for Boal and Best Director for Bigelow (the first for a female), the follow-up picture Zero Dark Thirty was in my opinion even more sophisticated and thrilling.

Bigelow and Boal had been developing a script around Bowe Bergdahl – the U.S. army soldier who is currently the subject of the second season of podcast Serial. Bergdahl disappeared from his army base in Afghanistan and was subsequently captured by the Taliban – he is now being charged with desertion in a military court.

Boal spoke to Deadline saying that he and Bigelow “will circle back to Bergdahl when the military proceedings are resolved.”

The Detroit project will be the duo’s first not to be set in the Middle East.

There is still no studio attached to the crime drama, and no casting news as yet – stay tuned for more developments.

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