Kathryn Bigelow Turns To Crime Drama | Film News
Kathryn Bigelow has proven several times that she is among the crème de la crème of the directing elite. Perhaps most famous for Point Break, The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, Bigelow won the Oscar for Best Director for 2009’s The Hurt Locker, being only the 4th woman to ever be nominated for the award. Now it seems she’s is leaving the contemporary war dramas behind and focusing on crime dramas for her next feature.
Although it is currently untitled, her new picture is set in Michigan in 1967 as it chronicles the riots of Detroit in that year. Commonly referred to as the 12 Street Riot, the chaos began when police raided an unlicensed, after-hours bar and found a large party going on. Tensions ran high and provoked 5 days of rioting fueled by racial hatred.
The script is being written by her trusty collaborator Mark Boal and a press release for the project claims: “it is a crime drama exploring systemic racism in urban Detroit.” This production seems like bread-and-butter material for Bigelow to work with and shall be one to look out for. However, we could be waiting until next year for the release, which would coincide with the 50th anniversary of the riot.
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