Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal Reteam for Detroit Crime Drama

Kathryn Bigelow Mark Boal
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Kathryn Bigelow will direct and produce an untitled true crime drama set in Detroit, and financed by Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures.

Mark Boal and Annapurna’s Ellison and Matthew Budman are also producing the movie, based on an original screenplay by Boal. Shooting is set to begin this summer.

The movie will take place against the backdrop of Detroit’s devastating riots that took place over five haunting summer days in 1967. Boal has been researching and working on the project, which explores systemic racism in urban Detroit, for more than a year.

No studio is yet attached. Producers are targeting a release date for 2017 — the 50th anniversary of the riots.

Annapurna noted that the project marks Boal’s first screenplay centering around domestic conflicts. His screenplays for “The Hurt Locker” and “Zero Dark Thirty,” both directed by Bigelow, were set in the Middle East.

“The Hurt Locker” won six Oscars, including best picture, best director for Bigelow (the only woman to win that award) and best original screenplay for Boal. Bigelow, Boal and Ellison teamed on “Zero Dark Thirty,” which received five Oscar nominations, including best picture and best screenplay.

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  1. Je vizzusi says:

    Bigelow most certainly is one of the best Director’s working today. I hope to see more Women at the helm of major motion pictures in 2016.jv wiftfl

  2. stevenkovacs says:

    I’ll watch it because of Kathryn’s involvement

  3. Nanny Mo says:

    But with Hollywood pushing for more women and minorities, how do we know that she’s any good? She might be just a quota. It’s so sad. I want to believe that she got where she did by talent alone. That’s what quotas do, weaken all real achievement.

    • Reader says:

      What? She is an Oscar winning Director. The hell?

      • Je vizzusi says:

        She is the only Woman to win the Academy Award for Best Director (The Hurt Locker). Some of the comments here sound like 100 years ago when the Studio Chiefs decided to literally Edit Women out of Film. It has been a struggle from Day 1 for Women in Key, Above the Line positions to rise up above the bullshit and curtail these crazy mindsets that Women can’t Direct. I argue Francis Marion was one of the greatest Director’s of all times.

      • Anonymous says:

        Everyone knows she only won the Oscar because they didn’t want to give it to James Cameron, due to jealousy more than him being a jerk. Nobody saw The Hurt Locker.

    • JK says:

      Nobody is asking for quotas, get informed first and then proceed to make inteligent statements not dumb ramblings.

      And you dont need awards to confirm if someone is good, but if you lack of good taste then nobody can help you

  4. Kele says:

    Will this crime drama be about the lead poisoning of Flint, Michigan’s children?

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