Art and Experience: Academy Award-winning filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty, The Hurt Locker, Point Break) has signed on to direct a currently untitled true crime drama set against the backdrop of Detroit’s 1967 riots for Megan Ellison‘s Annapurna Pictures.  Hit the jump to learn more about the Kathryn Bigelow Detroit riots movie.

The film, which is being referred to at the moment as the “Untitled Detroit Project,” is set to begin principal photography this summer with a release date targeted for 2017 (the 50th anniversary of the riots). No story details have been revealed at this time, but the press release reveals that the story is “a crime drama set against the backdrop of Detroit’s devastating riots that took place over five haunting summer days in 1967.” The project will explore systemic racism in urban Detroit.

The film will be written by Bigelow’s Oscar-winning collaborator on Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty. Mark Boal has been researching and working on the project for more than a year.