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Kathryn Bigelow will direct an untitled true crime drama from an original screenplay by Mark Boal.
Currently being called the “Untitled Detroit Project,” the film will be set against the backdrop of Detroit’s devastating riots that took place over five 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. Although no studio is yet attached, a release date is being targeted for 2017, the 50th anniversary of the riots.
Bigelow also will produce with Boal and Annapurna Pictures’ Megan Ellison and Matthew Budman. The film is being financed by Annapurna and is set to begin principal photography this summer.
Bigelow previously helmed The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, both of which were written by Boal. She is a two-time Oscar winner for producing and directing Hurt Locker, while Boal is a two-time Oscar winner for producing and writing The Hurt Locker.
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