By Travis Martin
Kathryn Bigelow has been making films about the war abroad, but now will be making a film about the war at home. Variety reports that Bigelow’s next project will center on 1967 Detroit riots, and has cast John Boyega, Will Poulter, Jack Reynor, and Peter O’Toole as the film’s leads. Mark Boal, who wrote the scripts for Bigelow’s “The Hurt Locker” and “Zero Dark Thirty,“ will be writing the script.
For those unaware, the Detroits riots began on Sunday, July 23, 1967 when police raided an unlicensed bar. However, expecting only a few patrons in the bar, police found 82 African-American patrons celebrating the return of 2 G.I. from Vietnam. The police arrested everyone in the bar, leading to a civil dispute among a growing mob that turned into a riot. The riot lasted for 5 days, leading to 43 people’s deaths, 7,231 people arrested, and up to $80 million in damages.
The characters for the actors are being kept under wraps. Annapurna Pictures is financing the film with the company’s Megan Ellison, Matthew Budman, and Colin Wilson producing with Bigelow and Boal. Greg Shapiro is executive producer. The Detroit riots film is set to come 2017 around the 50th anniversary of the riots.