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Episode six begins with Mark Boal being absolutely shocked that General Kenneth Dahl’s debrief of Bergdahl (which just covered what led to his decision to walk off the post, not his captivity) was over 300 pages long. “What did you do, tell him every fucking meal you had while deployed?” jokes Boal during a call with Bergdahl — who, for his part, seems amused by Boal’s shock. It’s a great way to kick off an episode that deals with just that: the surprising amount of context that most people probably aren’t even aware exists in the Bergdahl case, specifically the frustrations of an average grunt on the front lines of the Global War on Terror. “He wanted to understand who I was as a person,” Bergdahl says of General Dahl. “I needed to explain where it began.”As a former Infantry grunt myself, this was an episode after my own heart. »
- Scott Beauchamp
This week Sarah Koenig looks into Bergdahl’s mental state and a Guardian photo causes serious problems for the soldiers of Op Mest
Before Pfc Bowe Bergdahl spoke to Serial about his experience or to film-maker Mark Boal, Bergdahl spoke to General Kenneth Dahl. They spoke for a day and a half, but by the end of their conversation, Bergdahl’s statement was more than 300 pages long. In the words of a flabbergasted Boal, “300 pages? Why? Did you tell him every single meal you had since deployment?” What Bergdahl had actually told Dahl was the story of why he had walked off his base in Afghanistan. The reason he had decided to create the so-called Dustwun, which had started his journey to this August’s court martial – after more than five years in captivity at the hands of the Taliban.
Related: 'I met Bowe Bergdahl before he went missing. He »
- Melissa Locker
A salute to the hit crime podcast that paved the way for TV’s Making A Murderer and American Crime Story: Serial, now airing season 2…
Despite playing a role in geek culture for years, it’s taken one expertly told story for podcasts to finally penetrate the mainstream. True Crime podcast Serial received massive acclaim and global attention in 2015, uniting its millions of listeners with a compelling narrative and a terrific storyteller.
With new Netflix series Making A Murderer and FX show American Crime Story attempting to capture the same public attention, let’s consider what made Serial such a hit.
For the uninitiated, Serial span off from This American Life, a weekly podcast that unwound from October to December 2014. Its first season picked apart the case of Adnan Syed, a Baltimore man who was imprisoned at the age of 18 for the murder of his former girlfriend, »
As we catch up with news of projects in the works, we note that Woody Allen has cast Elaine May and Miley Cyrus in his upcoming series for Amazon. Plus: Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal are taking on the 1967 Detroit riots. Jaume Collet-Serra and Liam Neeson are re-teaming for The Commuter. Park Chan-wook will adapt Project Itoh's 2007 science fiction novel Genocidal Organ. Jared Harris will join Brad Pitt in Robert Zemeckis's untitled spy thriller. Harrison Ford and Anthony Hopkins are attached to star opposite Natalie Dormer, Paul Bettany and Martin Freeman in Official Secrets. Uma Thurman, Barkhad Abdi and Laurent Lafitte have joined Indian star Dhanush, Gemma Arterton, Abel Jafri and Seema Biswas in the cast of Marjane Satrapi’s The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir. And we've got much more. » - David Hudson »
The duo have previously collaborated on The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, and have been developing a film based upon U.S. Army sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who spent five years being held captive by the Taliban in Afghanistan. However, that has now been pushed back due to Bergdahl’s impending court martial on charges of desertion.
The as-yet-untitled Detroit crime thriller will mark Bigelow’s tenth movie as a director, and is set to go into production this summer for release next year, marking the 50th anniversary of the riots. »
- Gary Collinson
Film School Rejects it's all about talking animals who sound just like celebrities this year
Towleroad ABC rejects a TV ad for Carol because (Gasp) naked lesbian shoulders
John August shares depressing box office stats on why we get so many sequels
Guardian picks 5 best moment of Jane Fonda in the movies - bizarre choices beyond her Oscar winning roles
Guardian investigation of why movie posters are so terrible in comparison to their aged counterparts
Mnpp ...goes all out with an endless gratuitous post celebrating Whittle
Tracking Board Chan-wook Park to direct the adapation of sci-fi novel Genocidal Organ about homemade nuclear devices
- NATHANIEL R
Last year, Kathryn Bigelow's follow-up to Zero Dark Thirty was announced as a movie about Pow Bowe Bergdahl, who was involved in a controversial prisoner exchange with the Taliban. For this new project, she was reteaming with Oscar-winning screenwriter Mark Boal, who scripted both Zero Dark Thirty and her prior movie, The Hurt Locker. Well, that's been put on hold due to the continued digging into Bergdahl's story, which is being presented currently on the second season of the podcast Serial with Boal's involvement. So, Bigelow needs another movie in the meantime. Fortunately, Boal has another script for her to handle. This one is about the 1967 riot in Detroit, and now it will receive an appropriate release in 2017, for the 50th anniversary of the events...
- Christopher Campbell
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. »
- Alex Billington
In the space of only three years, both The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty cemented Mark Boal and filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow‘s place as one of the most exciting creative partnerships in the industry. It’s little wonder, then, that after reaping multiple awards and critical acclaim across each button-pressing war drama, the pair are primed to reteam for an as-yet-untitled crime drama set in the Detroit of the late 1960s.
Taking place during the devastating riots that engulfed the Motor City during the summer of 1967, the feature is set to revolve around the “systemic racism” that plighted urban Detroit more than 40 years ago, an underlying tension that eventually spawned the 12th Street Riot. How exactly Bigelow and Boal plan to weave their story around these true-life events remain to be seen, but it’ll likely document the upheaval as it unfolded, when police raided an unlicensed bar belonging »
- Michael Briers
As in their prior collaborations, Bigelow will direct the film from a script by Boal; joining them as producers are Ellison and her Annapurna colleague Matthew Budman. The "Untitled Detroit Project," a crime drama set during the Detroit riots of 1967, is set to begin casting in the next few months, in advance of principal photography this summer. No studio is attached at this point, but the plan is to release the film in 2017, the 50th anniversary of the riots. Read More: "Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal Return to the War on Terror with HBO, 'Serial'" Via Annapurna's partnership with Boal on the company Page One, the two parties are already in the midst of a collaboration: the second season of the blockbuster podcast "Serial," which features Boal's audiotaped conversations with American serviceman Bowe Bergdahl — who walked off his base in Afghanistan in 2009 and ended up in Taliban »
- Matt Brennan
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, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Timely but as yet untitled project will explore the systemic racism behind public disorder outbreak that left 43 people dead and more than 1,000 injured
The Oscar-winning creative team behind Iraq war drama The Hurt Locker and controversial 2013 awards season contender Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal, are to return with a true life-crime drama about the 1967 Detroit race riots.
The as-yet-untitled project will explore the systemic racism which led to five days of disturbances in the Motor City following a police raid on an unlicensed after-hours bar, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Michigan State governor George Romney finally called in the National Guard to end the violent public disorder, which left 43 people dead and 1,189 injured.
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- Ben Child
Mark Boal penned the script which is set against the backdrop of Detroit's devastating 1967 summer riots. Boal reportedly spent over a year exploring systemic racism in urban Detroit for the project which aims to be released on the 50th anniversary of the riots in 2017.
Source: Annapurna Pictures »
- Garth Franklin
Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal, who directed and wrote The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, have announced that their next project will be a crime drama set during the Detroit race riots in 1967. This may come as a surprise to listeners of the second seasons of Serial, as much of that podcast features reporting from Boal on Bergdahl's disappearance from his army base in Afghanistan and subsequent captivity under the Taliban, done in preparation for a later film with Bigelow. According to a release from Annapurna, Boal has been researching the Detroit project for more than a year. The film will be produced by Annapurna Pictures and is set to begin shooting this summer in time for a 2017 release, coincident with the 50th anniversary of the riots. Bergdahl is currently facing desertion charges in a military court. Boal told Deadline that he and Bigelow "will circle back to Bergdahl »
- Jackson McHenry
It's been a few years since we last witnessed a Kathryn Bigelow film, and although she's had several potential projects in the pipeline since the release of Zero Dark Thirty, it appears that Bigelow is pushing them aside to re-team with her Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker screenwriter Mark Boal. Details about the film, which is being referred to as the "Untitled... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
With no shortage of potential projects lined up, it looked liked Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal would follow up Zero Dark Thirty with another recent military story, that of the former Pow Bowe Bergdahl. As the new season of Serial dives into the controversy surrounding his detainment and release, with the help of Boal’s recordings, there’s still much more of that story to be uncovered as his court-martial was pushed to the summer. In the meantime, the writer and director duo have found their next project.
Backed by Megan Ellison‘s Annapurna, they are going to be making a movie about the 1967 riots in Detroit. Exploring the racism that resulted in the five-day riots that left 43 people dead, nearly 1,200 injured, and over 2,000 establishments destroyed, it should be quite a big scope for Bigelow, depending how she wishes to the tell the story, which is scripted by Boal after over a year of research. »
- Jordan Raup
Kathryn Bigelow will direct, as well as produce with Mark Boal and Annapurna’s Megan Ellison and Matthew Budman an untitled true crime drama from an original screenplay by Boal. Referred to at the moment as the “Untitled Detroit Project,” it is being financed by Annapurna Pictures, and is set to begin principal photography this summer. Specific details about the Detroit project are being kept mostly underwraps for now, other than the press release mention that it will be set against the backdrop of Detroit’s devastating riots that took place over five haunting summer days in 1967. Boal is said to have been researching and working on the project, which explores systemic racism in urban »
- Tambay A. Obenson
The movie will take place against the backdrop of Detroit’s devastating riots that took place over five haunting summer days in 1967. Boal has been researching and working on the project, which explores systemic racism in urban Detroit, for more than a year.
No studio is yet attached. Producers are targeting a release date for 2017 — the 50th anniversary of the riots.
Annapurna noted that the project marks Boal’s first screenplay centering around domestic conflicts. His screenplays for “The Hurt Locker” and “Zero Dark Thirty,” both directed by Bigelow, were set in the Middle East.
“The Hurt Locker” won six Oscars, »
- Dave McNary
Kathryn Bigelow will direct an untitled true crime drama from an original screenplay by Mark Boal. Currently being called the "Untitled Detroit Project," the film will be set against the backdrop of Detroit’s devastating riots that took place over five summer days in 1967. Boal has been researching and working on the project, which explores systemic racism in urban Detroit, for more than a year. Although no studio is yet attached, a release date is being targeted for 2017, the 50th anniversary of the riots. Bigelow also will produce with Boal and Annapurna Pictures' Megan Ellison and Matthew
- Rebecca Ford
It's been four years since Kathryn Bigelow released "Zero Dark Thirty," and there have been a couple projects she's looked at. For a while she was eyeing "Triple Frontier," which is now being helmed by J.C. Chandor, while a proposed movie about Bowe Bergdahl seems to have transitioned to a podcast on this season of "Serial" (which Bigelow collaborator and screenwriter Mark Boal worked on). But the good news is that the director now has a new project coming together fast. Read More: Watch 16-Minute Talk With Kathryn Bigelow And Scott Z. Burns About Elephant Poaching She'll team with Annapurana for an untitled Detroit-set drama that will start filming this summer. No plot details have been released, but the film will be a true crime drama set in 1967 against the backdrop of the riots that shook Detroit, touching upon racism in urban parts of the city. Boal is penning the script. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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