Kathryn Bigelow, whose early years in the business were best defined by the classic B-Movie POINT BREAK, has remade her image in the last 10 years. With hard-hitting films like THE HURT LOCKER and ZERO DARK THIRTY, she’s become a trusted name when it comes to telling gripping, no-frills, human stories that are ripped from the headlines. It looks like she’s found the next tense tale that she’d like to tackle.
Variety is reporting that Bigelow, along with her HURT LOCKER and ZERO DARK writer Mark Boal, are working on a film based around the the riot- also known as the “12th Street Riot”- in Detroit during the summer on 1967. The untitled true crime drama will cast a spotlight onto something that took place during the five tumultuous days of the riot- which were seemingly spurned by the systemic racism in urban Detroit at the time.
The film is set to start filming this summer, but still has no studio behind it. It’s likely only a matter of time until someone picks it up, considering the talent involved.
As with her other ripped-from-the-headlines films, which tackled the US wars in the middle east and the killing of Osama bin Laden, it’s a very timely piece. Our nation has seen the topic of systemic racism come up in new and vitriolic ways lately that hasn’t been seen in years. There’s an immediacy to this conversation, and yet it isn’t a new issue at all.
Boal has become a go-to writer for true crime tales ripped from current events, as his screenplay for the drug war thriller THE TRIPLE FRONTIER is also presently in production. He’s said to have been researching the Detroit riot for over a year now in preparation for his latest collaboration with Bigelow.