Steve McQueen has settled on the follow-up to his critically acclaimed anthology series Small Axe. He will write and direct Blitz for New Regency, based on his own original idea. Plot details are under wraps, and the film will begin production next year.
Small Axe explored life for West Indian immigrants in London and won five BAFTAs. McQueen then continued working with the BBC and Amazon by producing and directing three documentaries: Black Power: A British Story Of Resistance, Subnormal: A British Scandal, and Uprising. This will be his first feature film since 2018’s Widows.
Before all those, McQueen became a critically acclaimed director by helming other much-loved films such as Shame and 12 Years A Slave, with the latter winning Oscars for Lupita Nyong’o (Best Supporting Actress) and John Ridley (Best Adapted Screenplay).
“The team at New Regency have been wonderful partners to me over the years,” McQueen said in a statement. “I’m thrilled to work with Arnon, Yariv, and Michael again and very excited to join forces with Tim and Eric at Working Title Films.”
Yariv Milchan, New Regency chairman and CEO, called McQueen “an incredibly talented filmmaker and a remarkable storyteller. We are delighted to continue our partnership with him on this exciting new project.”
Although very little is currently known about Blitz, McQueen being in the director’s chair should be all the information anybody needs to get excited about the film.
Other upcoming New Regency projects include Adrian Lyne‘s Deep Water, Robert Eggers‘ The Northman, and David O. Russell‘s untitled drama starring Christian Bale, Margot Robbie, John David Washington, and more.