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Kathryn Bigelow’s upcoming untitled project about Detroit’s 1967 riots will become the first film released through Annapurna Pictures’ new marketing and distribution operation when it opens in theaters Aug. 4.
Marc Weinstock, who recently joined the company as president, is overseeing the new division alongside president of marketing David Kaminow and president of distribution Erik Lomis and their respective teams.
“Kathryn’s Untitled Detroit Project is exemplary of the type of films we will be distributing. I couldn’t be more confident in the team we are establishing to distribute and market the film in a way that is as creative and masterful as her film is,” Weinstock said Friday in making the announcement.
The pic is described as a crime drama set against the backdrop of Detroit’s 1967 riots. Bigelow is producing the film with Annapurna’s Megan Ellison and Matthew Budman. Mark Boal, who penned the script, and Colin Wilson are also producers, with Greg Shapiro executive producing. The release date will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the riots.
The film features an ensemble cast comprised of John Boyega, Chris Chalk, Nathan Davis Jr., Kaitlyn Dever, Austin Hébert, Joseph David-Jones, Malcolm David Kelley, John Krasinski, Jacob Latimore, Anthony Mackie, Jason Mitchell, Hannah Murray, Ben O’Toole, Will Poulter, Jack Reynor, Algee Smith, Peyton Alex Smith, Jeremy Strong, Ephraim Sykes and Leon Thomas III.
“Kathryn took a chance on me six years ago and I’m honored that she has put her faith in me and my team once again,” said Ellison, who served as a producer on Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty (2012). “I could not be more excited to be launching this new part of our company with such a groundbreaking filmmaker, tremendous collaborator and dear friend.”
Said Bigelow, “Megan has been such a huge supporter of filmmakers as a producer, and the fact that she is now offering a full-fledged distribution and marketing home run by such innovative and creative executives is great news to all of us. I am thrilled to be working with them.”
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