Kathryn Bigelow & Mark Boal Making a Film on Detroit's Race Riots
This sounds like it could be pretty good. After making Zero Dark Thirty, director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal were planning to make a movie about POW Bowe Bergdahl. They've been working on it but with changes in Bowe's story and planned coverage in the upcoming second season of the podcast Serial (not to mention competing projects), they've decided to look for something else in the meantime. Deadline reports that Bigelow and Boal are next working on a film (currently untitled) that will be set around the race riots in Detroit in 1967. They're already pushing forward on pre-production with plans to release in 2017.
Details are a bit sparse right now, but the other amazing news about this project is that it will be financed by Annapurna Pictures (The Master, Zero Dark Thirty, Her, American Hustle, Joy, Foxcatcher, Everybody Wants Some). Deadline states that filming will start in the summer. "Boal has been researching and working on the project, which explores systemic racism in urban Detroit, for more than a year." This is definitely a hot topic right now and I'm curious to see how they're going to tell this story. The Detroit riots, aka the "12th Street Riot", in July of 1967 lasted five days and was started when the police raided a bar and arrested over 80 black people who were holding a celebration for a soldier who'd just returned home from Vietnam.
The report doesn't reveal what the exact plot will be, or the characters we'll follow. Bigelow & Boal last made Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker together, and also worked on the script for the Triple Frontier movie (which J.C. Chandor is now directing). We'll keep watching for updates as the project continues to develop.